Ever have one of those moments where you just bask in self-pity? You can’t seem to get all of your weaknesses or imperfections off of your mind. You continuously harp on them, trying to figure out why you did a certain thing or why you can’t get something right. We’ve all had those moments… or those days.
It wasn’t until recently that I realized this—your perception of yourself has a major impact on your relationship with Christ. Hear me out on this. If you’re always thinking about your weaknesses and mistakes, then you’re constantly focusing on you, not on Christ. The amount of bondage that results from self-rejection, self-hatred, and unwillingness to forgive oneself can take a huge toll on a person’s self-esteem. When all of that negativity floods your thoughts, your focus slowly shifts away from God and toward yourself. Betcha didn’t think of it that way, right?
Of course we aren’t perfect by any means; God knows that. He loves you and all of your flaws. Be thankful and appreciate who you are in Christ. Love yourself. And I’m not talking about being prideful—I mean, humbly love you. Romans 12:3 says “Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.”
Free yourself from the pities of self-destruction by using your weaknesses to draw closer to God. Whatever you are, you are in Christ. And whatever weaknesses you have, ask God to strengthen you in those areas. Your opinion of yourself should depend on who you are in Christ, not the past mistakes you have made. Remember—you will never live beyond what you think of yourself.
How does your mind set about yourself affect your relationship with Christ?