If we do not empty out self, we cannot make room for God.
If we spend our days thinking that others are less than us,
that they know not God, how is that mirroring the Savior?
Jesus scandalized the self-righteous of His day.
"Look. The man eats with tax collectors and sinners."
He is now ritually impure. Was that what they were thinking?
It is not that which a man ingests that makes him sinful,
but the words and thoughts that come out of him.
It is not ritual purity that I demand, but purity and singleness
From the overflow of the heart come words of condemnation
The more aware of the holiness that God is,
the more aware of the darkness in myself, and
the more I cry for mercy.
"In Him there is no darkness at all."
He is the light of the world, dispelling the
darkness in human beings. The shadow side of
each of us. We cannot do this of ourself.
We need God. And the more we need God,
the less likely that we will cast a stone at another,
for we will pray that God have mercy on them.
I think that it is so human to think that we can save ourself.
And as long as that thought persists, we cannot know how
much we need God to be God for and in us.