Think back to the first time someone said something about you that wasn’t true, now depending on your self- worth at the time, you either greeted the lie with a smile, knowing it wasn’t true, or disappointment, trying to figure out if what was said about you might be true; even in the slightest.
In the Christian world we hear you are loved, you’re accepted and the past is forgiven. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, you are made new. But what if their is a decrepacy in our belief, and we think something different. What if we think we’re damged goods, what if we believe our past is a stain that no one could forgive; yes even God himself.
It’s a great question and for some of us the answer is easy, for others…not, so much. For me? Well yeah, I am made new by the blood Jesus spilled to wash away my sins, I am forgiven I get to have fellowship and friendship with my saviour.
But you can’t change your perspective, if you don’t change what you believe. I really hope that somewhere in what your about to read, something encourages you.
I remember always questioning that statement ‘you are loved’ and I think it’s because if you never challenge, the things you believe self- worth is a two and throw, a tug of war. And so Emotions will dictate your self- worth, not the truth.
I don’t have to meet you face to face, to tell you that God loves you and he has a plan and purpose for your life. Because no one’s perfect, we’ve all made mistakes and the thing is, our imperfections, do not dictate whether we are loved.
They do not remove or inhibit God’s ability to accept you. Acceptance is a discision, not a momentary, am I good? Am I doing bad…
This needs to be, our position and the attitude in our thinking. Otherwise you’ll continue to beat yourself up, you will let shame dictate what your called to love.
In the bible there’s this verse were Jesus tells us to love your neighbour as you love yourself. And it doesn’t take much to understand what that means.
It simply means to love yourself even when theirs imperfections, even when you’ve made mistakes. Love yourself as you love your neighbour. This helps with how we view others that we meet, it shifts our perspective.
I will finish by sharing the whole scripture.
Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:29-31 ESV
Much love, Shaun