“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
– Philippians 4:8
|Today, I just felt like the Lord impressed on my heart to remind everyone to do what Paul said. Whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is holy, whatever is good, think on such things, — right? Think about who you are in Christ Jesus. Maybe you grew up in a church where you were taught to bully yourself. But I want to tell you there’s a big difference between being a bully and being a coach. And many of you, instead of coaching yourself, you’re bullying yourself. You’re constantly saying I’m not good enough, I’m never going to get there, I’m never going to thrive. And if you dwell on those thoughts, it will be so. If you constantly say to yourself I’m a dirty, rotten sinner, it will be so. Those are not holy thoughts. In scripture, God never tells us to think that way. On the contrary, He teaches us to say I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. I am above and not beneath. I am chosen. I am called. I’m free from the bondage of the law. I’m given total grace. Heaven is my home. These are the kinds of thoughts that the scripture teaches us to think, amen? So today I want to convince you to replace your thoughts of shame with thoughts of grace. Go easy on yourself. Can we do that?
Help me, Lord, think good thoughts about myself. Enable me to commit to that.
How can you go easy on yourself today?