“Through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
– Romans 5:2-5
Since our greatest human need is dignity, being honored, respected, valued, and admired feels so gratifying, humanizing, and uplifting. But that also means that public humiliation, mockery, and contempt feel dehumanizing and evil. And let me tell you, you deserve dignity. Your past, your mistakes, and your flaws don’t matter. Being a human being means that you’re not perfect. In spite of all of the things that you don’t like about yourself — and all the things you maybe even hate about yourself — God doesn’t hate you. God is not disappointed in you, instead, He values you and He likes you.
Thank you, Lord, for not only loving me, but liking me also.
How can you give yourself grace for being human today?