Why We Shouldn’t Be So Hard On Ourselves

May 10, 2013 | Tags: ,

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11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His faithful love
toward those who fear Him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed
our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
14 For He knows what we are made of,
remembering that we are dust.

-Psalm 103:11-14

We can really beat ourselves up sometimes, can’t we? Forgiving another person for their wrongdoing is one thing–forgiving ourselves is a whole other thing. We can hang on to our mistakes and allow them to cast shadows of despair over our lives. And this kind of thinking can go on for years if we let it. But we mustn’t. Let’s study the truth of God today and allow the Holy Spirit to begin a work of healing in all of us who need it in this area.

Take a moment to pray. Ask God to begin His healing work in you, and thank Him that He will. Now read these verses in Psalm 103 again. Does the truth of God match up with what you are believing in your head? What do these verses say? He is faithful love. He is compassion. He is forgiveness. He knows what we are made of. We began as dust in the Garden of Eden, and we will return to dust. But that doesn’t make us unimportant, no ma’am. Remember, God the Father sent His One and Only Son to die for us. I’d say that makes us hugely important to God.

He cares deeply that we let go of our sins and mistakes and allow the healing power of His Spirit to set us free. It’s a practice we need to get into each and every day. We forgive others, then we forgive ourselves. We let go and press on. We remember that God has the power to work all of our mistakes and sins into a beautiful picture of His perfect work in us and around us. We don’t allow the enemy, who lies to us by speaking in all kinds of generalities, to hold us down. We speak God’s Word over his lies. Then, by submitting to the Holy Spirit, we let go and let Jesus do the fighting for us. He is a Mighty Warrior, after all.

Beloved, you are so precious to God. Let go today and cling to the overflowing love your Savior has for you. In Christ, you have been forgiven of all your sins. He doesn’t remember them–why should you? Don’t allow the enemy one more chance to steal your joy through self-deprecation. Run to the arms of Jesus. You are the one whom Jesus loves.

By Courtney Silberman

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