Don’t Beat Yourself Up
‘We all stumble in many ways.’ James 3:2 NIV
When you sin, you feel uneasy and guilty. At least you do until you shut out the voice of God’s Spirit convicting you of your need to change your ways. Even when His voice whispers guilt, don’t close yourself off to it! Guilt is the call to get right with Him.
Until you get your glorified body in Heaven, you’re always going to deal with sin. The apostle James wrote, ‘We all stumble in many ways.’ But falling down isn’t what makes you a failure―it’s staying down! Get back up, dust yourself off, receive God’s grace, learn from the experience, and move on.
‘There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.’ (Romans 8:1 NIV) God doesn’t condemn you, so stop condemning yourself. Sometimes we struggle to forgive ourselves for something we did wrong and so we believe that God wouldn’t forgive us either. But that belief is like telling God He’s wrong to love us so much! A few decades ago, people used to wear little badges marked GNFWMY. It meant, ‘God’s not finished with me yet.’ And He’s not finished with you either. Sometimes we’re guilty of doing the wrong thing with the right motive. Or the right thing with the wrong motive. But it’s not about divvying up the percentages of right or wrong; it’s about getting back to Jesus.
Solomon wrote, ‘There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.’ (Ecclesiastes 7:20 NIV) Paul added, ‘I am not perfect. But Christ has taken hold of me. So I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize.’ (Philippians 3:12 CEV) So, stop beating yourself up.
SoulFood: 1 Ki 1–2, Mt 16:1–12 Ps 33:1–12, Prov 5:7–14
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018