I had an interesting revelation today when I understood something very important. I realised a while ago how special, and what a relief it is to know, that cognitive dissonance can not influence our hearts. Today I understood why, it is because the Holy Spirit brings us into the presence of God.
It is cool because a while back, when I realised that I really was going to need to fight for my faith, God very clearly directed me to a church in which the gifts of the Spirit are manifest. I was not quite sure that I wanted to go, but how glad I am that I did and do.
It is the most powerful tool in standing against cognitive dissonance to know that this too is not solely about us.
It is so cool that my life fulfilled a theological principle, a NT principle, without me even knowing it.....well, actually, to use a far better language......I was just loved by Someone who knows what He is doing. Held by a Love that does not let me go.