Self is a shadow-land of light and darkness. Self-expression without discernment is dangerous. If you don’t let your conscience monitor your self-expression, you’ll be expressing much that is a mixed-up mess.
Humans express way too much hatred, anger, and hostility, and not enough love, joy, and peace. Try not to do that.
Wrongful feelings, desires and thoughts should be fought and defeated within us and not allowed to come to expression. Every ungodly impulse that we express will poison us and those influenced by it. The world needs your expressions of goodness, not your expressions of badness.
Find and express
The good in you.
Overcome and repress
The bad in you.
Freedom of expression
Without the inner freedom
To not express hostility
Self weaves it’s way through good and evil, making a muddy mixture. Because all people are a combination of good and evil, our self-expression will be the same mixture. A self compromised with evil can only find inner healing and freedom from guilt through surrender to the living God.
Christians are called to Christ-expression, not to self-expression–to be Spirit-led, not desire-led. To surrender to Christ is to deny self-expression by freely letting the living Jesus express Himself through your words and actions.
We need to
God’s inner light.