But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. (James 1:22-25)
Be True to Yourself. What does this phrase mean to you? This phrase is usually used for living by your own standards and not caring what others think. But how can we truly be true to ourselves?
Being true to yourself expresses itself not in words – it also doesn’t necessarily express itself in action – but it expresses itself in the depth of the heart. It’s not what you express or show on the outside, it’s not the facade, but it’s what you Truly experience on the inside. Your thoughts, feelings. Those things you tend to push “away”, those things you constantly fight against and battle with. Being true to yourself means being sincere and admitting to your own self what you truly experience, think, and feel. Admitting to yourself what is truly in your heart. For what gain is it to deceive the whole world, to deceive your own self, and in the end not have love (everlasting life)?!
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity [love], I am nothing… it profiteth me nothing. (1 Corinthians chapter 13)
But there is another spirit/power at hand, the spirit of deception, who makes it difficult to be true to yourself. This spirit takes the word of God, the true/pure religion, and conforms it to a set of guidelines, standards, and rules. A person is found to know what is good, how a Christian should act and be like. And the person desires and wants to fit the model. But instead of being true to himself, in knowing what is good and bad, he begins to “alter” himself to fit the desired. He gets offended, but in knowing that this is pride, he holds himself back, tells himself “this is bad”, and instead pushes out a smile. He feels jealous, but in knowing this is evil, he holds his feelings back, and forces out a polite comment. And the list can go on and on… Eventually, this becomes normal and he expresses himself “correctly” naturally, so he thinks. But what is truly inside? Are those the true feelings and thoughts? Is that what naturally comes out of me?
Christ came to free a person from this state, the state under the law, the state of sin and death, the state of sinning and repenting, the state of deception. Christ came to Truly give you a new nature, a new heart, where you simply become like Christ from within, naturally! However, it starts with being true to yourself!