Tuesday, September 4, 2018

How to Quit Punishing Yourself

         At the end of my morning prayer times, the Lord will often whisper to my heart, "Ask Me for a favor." One day I asked Him to tell me what favor I could do for Him. His answer shocked me:

"Quit Punishing Yourself." 

Oh. My. I didn't know I was punishing myself. I understand why the Lord would ask me this favor. If I believe the blood of His Son, Jesus is enough to eradicate my guilt--every ounce of it--why would I feel it necessary to receive condemning thoughts, think I'm stupid and fat, or any one of a thousand other ways I punish myself? 

I say I believe it. Now I must love myself enough to prove I believe it.

Do you believe God loves you and values you? 
Or do you catch yourself trying to make up for your sins by punishing yourself? 

You can't, you know. Only Jesus can wash us clean, inside and out, and prepare us to stand guiltless in the presence of Almighty God. 

I hope you believe that, because I like you mighty fine, and I want you to be with me in Heaven. If you'd like to believe but don't know how, please email me at jeanettelevellie(at)gmail(dot)com. I'll help you get to know Jesus, so you can quit punishing yourself, too.