Have your thoughts ever condemned you? Mine have many times. I’ve been accused, misinterpreted, lied about and that’s just what goes on in my head, lets not get started on how many times people have actually done it. But something changed when I began to truly understand God’s love. Those words don’t stick anymore. It’s as if someone sprayed my mind with weed control and they just can’t take root.
I John 3:18-20 Msg; My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.
Did you see that? Practicing the love of God shuts down debilitating self-criticism, even when there’s something to it. In other words, they just can’t grow in the soil of love. Each time I get down on myself because I just didn’t measure up, I remember that Jesus measured up for me, I rely on Him. When I feel like a failure, I remember that Jesus overcame and because He did, I do. That kind of love has changed my life. He loved me so much that he won and made me a winner too. How many people do you know that share their victories like that?
Father, I seek you and your love today. You are perfect in all of your ways and your way is love. I want to bathe in it, saturate myself in it so that when people come near me, they smell the aroma of your fragrant love. I may not be perfect, but because of Jesus, I’m perfect. I’m your perfect daughter, not in myself, but in you. I will never be a failure because Jesus wasn’t a failure. I will not be afraid because perfect love casts out fear. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.