3 – Getting Real


Read pages 50-61 of Free at Last (2nd edition)
–Get Real

False Self
1. What does it mean to “get real” and why is it so important?

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  1. 1. What does it mean to “get real” and why is it so important?
    It means to be true to yourself, to God and to others, without masks or any false identities. It is important because it shows the original person, with all the virtues, all the flaws and weaknesses and all the potential everyone has. To be the original with everything included doesn’t give any room for confusion, misunderstandings or misinterpretations in our own lives and interactions. To be real is liberating, healthy, natural and responsible because keep us accountable at all times. Self and relationships are transformed, bringing the character of Christ in us and the way we relate. Is about “what you see is what you get”, take it or leave it type of situation.

  2. Carol, thanks for this. There is something deeper, I want you to see in this getting real however. Perhaps I did not do a good enough job at bringing it out. I have discovered over and over again in ministry context, that this is an essential feature of the Gospel seen in Genesis 3 etc. Take another look and see if you can get what I am talking about

    1. Ok, I’ll do that right away and get back to you as soon as I work on it. I’m sorry if I’m not understanding as expected, probably is my English though. However I really appreciate your patience with me. There is something that is happening, I’m not sure if you want me to put more attention in the reading or in the talk. I tend to answer more based on the talk that from the book. Even though the talk is based on the book, the emphasis is slightly different when personalized. Hope this makes sense to you. Please let me know.

  3. In the book you mention Genesis 3:7. Taking the context starting from 4, this is what I understand under the light of “getting real”.
    In verses 4 and 5 we see the seduction of sin operating. In 6 we see how the person responses to the seduction, consider it and gives in. In 7 we find the pattern of the consequence of sin in two parts: First, the self-consciousness and secondly the how to justify it. When I did the reading I circled the principal idea of the first paragraph in your book on page 50 is specifically this last one and this is the point why and what for we need to get real, to brake the pattern of sin in our lives and become who we really are. In my Bible I wrote a note years ago, I crossed reference Genesis 3:4-7 with James 1:14-21. If you read it from this point of view, is the same message you are saying.

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