- Are you too hard on yourself?
- Do you spend more time recounting your failures than your successes?
- Do you beat yourself up when you don’t meet a goal that you set for yourself?
If so, you aren’t alone.
Most women are their own worst enemy, judging and condemning themselves for failing to meet their own expectations. I include myself in this.
I set goals for projects, and work I need to finish, and fail to accomplish them. I gain a few pounds instead of losing them.
- I feel like a failure when it happens, and in my mind, I am sure that God is as disappointed in me as I am in myself.
- I am certain that I have let God down.
- I even entertain the thought that and that maybe God loves me less for not succeeding at what I set out to do, what He has called me to do.
Then I remember this:
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God through Paul is writing to the Romans about God’s grace and love. In this passage, the focus is God’s everlasting love for you, for me.
A love so strong and pure that NOTHING can separate us from it. NOTHING.
- Not death
- Not Life
- Not angels
- Not rulers
- Not present
- Not future
- Not height
- Not depth
- Not anything else
It’s that last one that gets me. It includes anything else in all creation. It includes me and my failures. It includes my shortcomings. It includes my downfalls.
- Nothing I do can make God love me less.
- Nothing I don’t do can make God love me less.
- Nothing I do can make God love me more.
- Nothing I don’t do can make God love me more.
Soak that in. Roll it around in your mind for a few minutes. Take a deep breath in and as you let it out whisper the truth, “God loves me”.
God’s love isn’t contingent on anything but Himself. He loves you perfectly and completely. You can’t make Him love you less, and you can’t make Him love you more.
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Go boldly into success (or failure) this week knowing that neither of them affect God’s love for you.
What do you think?
How does knowing this truth change how you look at yourself?
Why is it important to remember this truth?
Share your thoughts.