I thank you for today and allowing each person who is reading this prayer to have the ability to read it with full functioning mind. I ask that you would grant us the grace to command our day to be prosperous and full of Joy. I thank you in advance for allowing us to have the victory over every trial and tribulation that comes our way. God begin to open our hearts and minds to the things of you and let us be willing to study them and understand new concepts. Keep your angels around us all day.
In Jesus name amen.
God loves me and values me. I will accept that and be condemned by how I feel when I make a mistake
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,”
Romans 8:1 NIV
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Romans 12:2 NIV
The Resource...The Word!
How Can Anyone Love a Mess Like This?
Bible Reading: 1 John 2:1-6
If you do sin, there is someone to plead for you before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who pleases God completely. 1 John 2:1
“I KNOW I’m supposed to love others like I love myself,” Sydney says with a pained look on her face, “but I have a hard time seeing anything about me worth loving. If I have an inferiority complex, it’s only because I really am inferior.”
The straightest route to good self-love is seeing yourself through the eyes of the God who loves you. Saturate yourself with scriptural truth about your identity in Christ. For example:
“But I don’t get it,” Sydney argues, sounding defeated. “How can I love myself when I keep sinning? It makes me hate myself.”
Pretending you’re perfect isn’t what healthy self-love is about. You don’t have to give up on yourself and say, ”I’m never going to get it together spiritually.” You aren’t called to sin-but when you do, Christ represents you before the Father to help you make things right and go on (1 John 2:1). You can continue working to build your faith and fix patterns that lead to sin. As you press on toward maturity, you are in the process of becoming what God wants you to be.
So when you sin-and no, God isn’t shocked when you do-don’t make things worse by giving up on yourself. Confess your sin, receive God’s forgiveness, and keep growing. Perfection is your ultimate goal, but you won’t get there until you get to heaven. Don’t get down on yourself every time your imperfections smack you upside the head. Your goal for now is maturity, not perfection-and you can succeed at that in some way every day.
REFLECT: How can knowing your identity in Christ affect the way you think about yourself?
PRAY: Bring your failures and sins to God today in prayer and receive his forgiveness.
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