You heard me!
I said STOP IT!
Well, I am just guessing, but…are you beating yourself up about something? Anything?
Here is a fact: No matter how horrible YOU may think it is, it isn’t horrible enough for the Lord God to endorse whatever self-flagellation you may be engaging in. So…stop it! 🙂
I have been studying my way slowly through the Bible. Right now, I have gotten to know Abraham a bit better than I knew him before and I am floored at really…he was kind of…well…not a man of great moral standing, humanly speaking. Yet God esteemed him. Abraham was considered righteous—why? Because of his faith (Genesis 15:6 and Romans 4:3). Not because of all the great things he did. That is a relief. I figure if God can call Abraham righteous and obedient even though he did a bunch of stuff that raised the eyebrows even of King Abimelech at the time, then wow…God probably isn’t condemning me either. I am in Christ and Romans 8:1 says there is no condemnation for those in Christ! In fact, I know he doesn’t condemn me. And he doesn’t condemn you either.
See, this is why we want to get to know God’s TRUE character. If we think that he is like our earthly fathers (who aren’t perfect) or like some tyrannical dictator king person, we won’t want to surrender our lives to him. He isn’t like that. We have to know him as he is. When we do, we find our resistance diminishes. Our hearts are tendered. We want to give him whatever he may ask of us (including our extra food). And we don’t waste a bunch of time and energy beating ourselves up claiming we have “let God down” !!(He isn’t “held up” by any of us so he can’t be “let down!”)
So, let’s stop it. Let’s stop saying by our actions that his grace isn’t sufficient. Let’s stop saying that we need to be perfect to be acceptable, ok? (And while it is true that the same grace that brings salvation teaches us to say no to ungodliness [Titus 2:11, 12], this also is not an excuse to whip ourselves. Let’s get to know our God as He is, give ourselves to him, say no to sin, and love him with our choices, one babystep at a time!)