Hi friends!!! I hope you are having a lovely day so far. You are probably wondering why its titled “accept yourself” and I am about to explain… So the world tells us to “love yourself” but what does Jesus say?
The other day I had this crazy realization when I was at the gym. The past few weeks I have been really struggling with myself mentally and physically. I was being so hard on myself for gaining some weight over quarantine and for not being more successful in my career etc. Anyways, so I am at the gym and all the sudden this idea hits me (holy spirit) ‘Maddie you just need to accept yourself. Accept where you are right now , because if you don’t you will continue running from yourself and end up how you don’t want to be…” I realized this voice was exactly 100% true. I was so scared of becoming this horrible person that I was actually turning into her… Crazy right? I truly believe it was the holy spirit speaking to me. Because it felt so warm and peaceful.
Why should you accept yourself?
First of all, you should accept yourself because you are loved by the king of kings. God loves you so dearly that he sacrificed his one and only Son for you. He loves you so deeply he is still chasing you right now trying to get you to focus on Him. You should accept yourself because you are enough. Christ died knowing he was paying for your sins. That is enough honestly. If its not then listen up, the only true way to accept yourself is to accept Jesus in your life. If you never accept Jesus you never accept your true self. Think about it this way: God created everyone with a purpose. You are made in His image (Genesis 1:27) therefore you are meant to worship Him.
How do you accept yourself?
By accepting Jesus first. As I just explained, you cannot fully accept yourself unless you accept Jesus first because Jesus is our true identity. And accepting yourself is owning your true identity. Knowing your true identity is knowing who God is and what He has done for us and what He promises us.
When should you accept yourself?
TODAY! Do NOT wait for tomorrow or another hour. If you have not already surrender your life to Jesus. After you have done so then you can fully accept who you are, knowing who you are is enough. I encourage you today to accept yourself. Accept where you are in life right now without thinking about striving for all the things you need to complete or finish or achieve. When you do this, I promise you will feel a huge burden lifted off your shoulders because it is not our burden to bury. Its Gods job to carry our burdens not ours.
Matthew 11:28 – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.