Know Thy Self: Consider His ways And turn Your feet to His Testimonies

I considered my ways And turned my feet to Your testimonies

In nature, mankind is the only creature on earth capable of purposeful self-development. Thus, the existence of an objective contradiction between the need of modern society for specialists capable of continuous self-development and the currently flourishing filling (civilizational) education paradigm, which does not consider the needs of the object in pedagogical activity (student/learner), forced our society to turn to the humanitarian direction in education. Creating the conditions for the self-development of all participants in the educational process was realized based on the humanization of education (humanitas – Latin, which has human nature). This position is a consequence of a fact realized by many research scholars “… the core of the personality is its humanitarian component”.

The statement in the value of self-development can be traced in many philosophical, psychological and pedagogical concepts. The diversity of approaches to the problems of personal self-development is reflected in the works of domestic and foreign scholars: the fulfillment of a social function by a person in all spheres of his life activity; searching for oneself and striving for one’s height (A. Compte); acquisition of spiritual experience through immersion and self-purification by others; Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. (Aristotle), etc.

Many philosophers (C. Jung, A. Adler, and others) attribute the self-development of an individual to the number of human abilities. Socrates valued the main ability of man – self-improvement, pointing to the dependence of the fate of a person on the activity and productivity of his work on himself. Adler argued that each of the people at a certain moment is aware of their inadequacy, and many (not all) begin to purposefully improve themselves, i.e. aware of the need for active self-development.

To develop the ability for self-development, a person must have the appropriate driving forces, needed for it. In Christianity, we do not meet so much with believers, dealing with issues of self-knowledge and spiritual development of the individual. For this reason, many are not saved but are involved in a spiritual quest. To them, God must be too personified, limited, despotic, demanding and awesome hellish tortures for all disobedient. Accordingly, people who worship such a God look pathetic, ignorant, and meaningful in the eyes of an outsider.

The paradox is that there is not and cannot be any other way to self-knowledge and self-development, except that it was presented through the revelation of God’s Word. Many have never tried to look for it. They had to solve all their problems on their own. But God wants us to know ourselves: “How many are my iniquities and sins? Make known to me my rebellion and my sin.” A banter to most believers would come from the great psychologist and philosopher Carl Jung: “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes”

Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

Let us test and examine our ways and return to the Lord!

Why are you afraid of silence for prolonged periods? What are you afraid of? Why do you stay silent when it is necessary to speak up? Why are you anxious? Did you know you can learn a lot about yourself by what scares you? Did you know fear also hinders you if you fail to use it as a tool?

By knowing one’s failure, an athlete knows the next step he or she can take to grow. Most experienced athletes keep a training journal, and it is conducted by athletes not only in order to plan their workouts but in order to track their progress, regulate and analyze physical activity and strength. These are data and numbers, not a “diary” in the usual sense of the word. Thus, by knowing their fears and weaknesses they work them out. Failure to an athlete is a tool.

Learn your fears, learn yourself; Ask Jesus to make known to you your rebellion and your sin. Learn from it and do not do so again. Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed and be still. Consider your ways and turn your feet to His testimonies. You must examine yourself, and in so doing you are to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. Each one of us must examine our own work, and then we will have a reason for boasting regarding ourselves alone, and not regarding another. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you–unless indeed you fail the test?

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