There is a song on the radio by Matthew West called “Hello, My Name is…” He talks about people who are hindered by regret and defeat. I’m going to add to it guilt, depression, self-doubt, self-recrimination and criticism or any number of things that keeps you from fully committing yourself and your life fully to God. One of the things I post most about, speak on and am writing a book about is loving yourself as God loves you. But as humans, again and again we insist upon making ourselves and others feel bad about themselves. In the Bible God says His love is, “never ending, everlasting, forgiving, and forgetful (of our sins.) He is rich in mercy, shows no partiality or prejudice. God has plans for good in our lives, and keeps all the promises He has made to us in the Bible, of which there are too many to name here. Matthew’s choruses sing that we are “a child of the one true King.” He tells us we are saved, changed and set free by God and His love. If only it were possible for us to love ourselves as God loved us we would have no problems, right? But that would mean we were perfect and we wouldn’t need God! But we are human and imperfect and we need God more and more each day as the world become more selfish and chaotic.
Here are a few things that you can do to keep your focus on God and not regret, defeat and guilt, etc.
- Praise and thankfulness. Remember to praise God for His goodness and blessings in your life, even praise and thank Him for answers to prayer He may not have given you yet. But you know He will, right?
- Ask for forgiveness but then ask Him to help you forget those sins like He has. He tosses your sins in to the Sea of Forgetfulness, never to return. And Jesus didn’t come to condemn us either. So you shouldn’t condemn yourself for your sins over and over again either.
- Remember that God is on your side. If your are loving Him and obeying His Word, He wants to give you good gifts. So keep putting one step in front of the other and He will bring you joy!
Steph is available to speak to your western Washington or Oregon church or women’s group for encouragement, email Steph at firstname.lastname@example.org. Topics I speak about include “Lukewarm or Hot: How Will You Serve God Today?” “How to Love Yourself,” and “How to Parent without Blowing Your Top.”