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Sunday, December 11, 2011

My Utmost For His Highest : "Personality"

December 12, 2011

That they may be one, even as we are one.
John 17:22
Personality is that peculiar, incalculable thing that is meant when
we speak of ourselves as distinct from everyone else. Our personality
is always too big for us to grasp. An island in the sea may be but
the top of a great mountain. Personality is like an island, we know
nothing about the great depths underneath, consequently we cannot
estimate ourselves. We begin by thinking that we can, but we come to
realize that there is only one Being Who understands us, and that is
our Creator.
Personality is the characteristic of the spiritual man as
individuality is the characteristic of the natural man. Our Lord can
never be defined in terms of individuality and independence, but only
in terms of personality, "I and My Father are one." Personality
merges, and you only reach your real identity when you are merged
with an other person. When love, or the Spirit of God strikes a man,
he is transformed, he no longer insists upon his separate
individuality. Our Lord never spoke in terms of individuality, of a
man's "elbows" or his isolated position, but in terms of personality
- "that they may be one, even as We are one." If you give up your
right to yourself to God, the real true nature of your personality
answers to God straight away. Jesus Christ emancipates the
personality, and the individuality is transfigured; the transfiguring
element is love, personal devotion to Jesus. Love is the outpouring
of one personality in fellowship with another personality.

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