It is a wonderful Tuesday and a new day full of opportunities, including the opportunity to do life with ourselves!!! Oh it is the gift of having life!!! Spending the day with ourselves can be a good day or it can be an awful day, depending on what we choose to believe about ourselves!!! My Father reminds me this morning that He loves us unconditionally and with unfailing love. While He gives us His Word to lead us and guide us for our best and it is good to seek His best for our lives, He is a Father of forgiveness, compassion, mercy and grace when we fail to live up to carrying out His best for us. Our Father says that even on a day when we feel we are performing pretty good, He says we still fall short in living up to His Holy Standard. He saw the impossible, in that we would never be able to achieve perfection and therefore, He sent Jesus as our Savior. Through Him, we wear a robe of righteousness, we are holy, blameless and without accusation!!! Now how sweet is He to us as His people of faith!!! So if He sees us each this way, why is it that we can often be self-haters, continually beating ourselves up because we fail in our own minds??? It need not be, dear ones!!!
As I ponder this before my Father this morning, He has revealed to me that it can be because we put ourselves in God’s place of judgement. Father’s heart for us is this:
“You must not have any other God but Me (Jesus).”
We can be hard on ourselves when we feel we have hurt God, others and even ourselves and we believe that we deserve condemnation. That however is a lie of the enemy because there is nothing we can do or not do to make our Father loves us any more or less!!! Our Father’s Word says there is no condemnation for His people – only loving guidance to help us get on the divine path of life when we need His heavenly help!!! Everybody is in the same boat. We all fall short of perfection. This is why forgiveness is so important.- forgiving each other as God forgives us and forgiving ourselves, knowing everyone struggles with their own failures. We can put our opinion and often the opinion of the enemy (the devil) over God’s and that is unhealthy for us. Self-hating is a lack of faith, not believing God when He tells us we are forgiven and accepted just as we are, without performance!!! He tells us we are fearfully and wonderfully made. When we are self-haters, we need to look at the flip side of the coin and look at the ways we are a blessing!!! Oh that reminds me of a little song I used to sing as a little girl that spoke the message “if by chance you meet a frown, do not let it stay!!! Quickly turn it upside down and smile that frown away!!! 🙂 Oh that just makes me smile!!!
We have been made in the image of our Father and He dwells in us and enables us to make a great difference in the lives of others!!! I chuckle to myself as I now visualize someone with this new mindset slicking back their hair, dressing themselves up, standing straight and tall and putting on their best smile all ready to step out into the day called life.
They are thinking “I’m a gift and I’m gonna share myself with the world so the world doesn’t miss out!” That isn’t arrogance – it is heaven’s way of thinking!!! It is TRUTH!!! Jesus calls it being light in the world with His Holy Spirit energy flowing thru us as this song says here!!! Woohoo!!! T o that, this cowgirl says “Go, girlfriend!!!” “Go for it, brother!” Go bless the world with the special person of YOU!!! Believe in God at work in you, empowering you as you go!!! Oh, I’m going with Jesus with you, so until next time – toodaloo!!!
“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will themselves be watered.”
Ex 20:3; Ps 139:13-14; Ro 3:23; 1 Pe 5:8-9; Col 1:21-23, 3:13; Pr 11:25; Php 4:6-8; Jn 3:16