Conflict

When we become a Christian, we begin as fragile glimpses of Christ. We wrestle with who we are and who we're becoming. We want to be like Him and yet we don't, we want to obey Jesus and yet we won't, we want to love like Christ and yet we can't. We begin as a bundle of paradoxes. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. This human duplicity hurts, and is one of the greatest obstacles to growing in Christlikeness. Not that duplicity disqualifies us, but that it discourages us and tries to convince us that we're not qualified to go on the journey. But if we're going to go on this journey with Jesus, then we have to know that duplicity does not disqualify us, rather it declares to us that there is a new life inside of us of waging a holy battle against our old broken life.