Seriously though, I love blogging and for some reason I am just stumped! There is lots to blog about and much has gone on in my life in the last year, but there seems to be a big disconnect when I want to get the words out into a blog post!
Oh well, there is no time like the present!
I think we all battle with acceptance at one time or another in our lives. I believe that there was once a "thing" in my heart where I felt I was not good enough. Its something I believe the devil used in my relationships with those closest to me, in order to make that "thing" grow into a belief that I was not good enough, or not acceptable the way I was.
However, there came a moment, a time, where it dawned on me that, "hey, wait a minute, if I am good enough for God, if He accepts me right here, right now, the way I am, then who are you (or me) to not accept me?" Now, my feeling that I was not acceptable to others was in part circumstances and situations, and part my wrongful belief that I was not acceptable.
Romans 10v10: For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
It is amazing how you determine your interactions by how you feel about yourself. It took me a long time to get to the point where that "thing" in my heart was eradicated and replaced with the knowledge that I am loved, as is, by God! Now, knowing that I am acceptable to Christ does not mean I stay in that place. But it did free me to start trying to better myself and be more of who God created me to be. In feeling the Lord's acceptance, or rather, in acknowledging His acceptance of me, I was free to grow. Does that make sense to you? Because before "knowing" and acknowledging that acceptance, I was in that place where you think "why bother trying? No one will find value in me anyway, right?!"
Romans 8v31: What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
So, knowing and acknowledging God's acceptance, eventually leads to "feeling" that acceptance and also sets you on a path of relating differently to others because now, you know your worth, which is in Christ and not in what others think, or what we perceive others think of us, or frankly what we perceive and think about ourselves.
My encouragement to you this week is to affirm in your heart that you are well loved and fully accepted by our Lord! That we are chosen, personally, by Him. And that He loved us at our darkest.
To me this just reeks of grace and mercy and as undeserving as we are, He never changes and what He says is the truth! He loves us! End of story!
Eph 1v4: Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.
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