Know Your Weaknesses

Great abilities produce great vices as well as virtues.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we must first learn that we have an enemy within our ranks, and his name is Pharisee. While we look to Jesus for his divinity, we should also be amazed by his humanity! He knows what it is like to be tired, hungry, etc. So why is it so hard to admit our weaknesses?

Admitting our weaknesses does not make us weak or unlovable. In fact, it is often the first step to overcoming them. Traumas and illnesses are often accompanied by denial, but eventually denial must give way to reality. This is because we cannot move forward until we have seen and confessed the truth.

If you don’t want someone to know, just don’t!

Confessing our weaknesses is not enough, however. We must also take action to change them. Many people use their weaknesses as an excuse to remain in mediocrity, but it is much better to be honest with ourselves about our shortcomings than to pretend we are perfect. Employers are also more likely to promote employees who show that they are willing to improve.

Weakness is fueled by concealment.

One of the hardest things about dealing with our weaknesses is when other people point them out to us. It is one thing to be able to see our own sins, but it is quite another to have someone else point them out. The worst part is when someone criticizes us when they themselves are full of vices.

If we can learn to take persecution, censure, and accusations with a grain of salt, and try to find the truth among the thorns, and overcome our “angry thoughts”, then we will enter into a lifestyle that will bear good fruit. Our weaknesses are not something to be ashamed of; they are simply a part of who we are.

After a vice, a greater vice follows.

The employee who knows his weaknesses will not attempt something that is impossible. The person who knows his weaknesses and does not hide them will be promoted by his humility. And, the person who knows his weaknesses and overcomes them, will surely find success!

A wise man’s question contains half the answer.

If you are struggling with a weakness, ask God for help. He is the only one who can truly help us overcome our shortcomings. And, remember, admitting our weaknesses is the first step to victory.

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