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. 


  1. Hi Jeanette, wow, very profound! I know I am constantly berating myself. Great reminder that God wants us to let these things go and believe about ourselves what He believes about us.
    God bless

  2. Jeanette: I believe we all have times where we punish ourselves because we feel we have sinned and might not believe that God has forgiven us. I felt God did not forgive me for not being able to forgive someone until I realized I could ask God to forgive her for me.

  3. Yep, I do that too but God shows me he cares, when I listen...for His quiet voice. We are His children. I feel blessed by knowing that!


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