July 16 Godly Self-Acceptance

Scripture reading: Romans 5:1–11

Key verse: Psalm 34:18

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,

And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

One of the greatest assets we can acquire is a sense of godly self-acceptance. Contentment, peace, and joy are the by-products of personal acceptance. When we learn to accept ourselves and view our lives the way God does, the need to strive in order to gain or achieve the praise of others disappears.

Always let your acceptance of yourself be rooted in Christ. Then you will never be disappointed. Feelings of loneliness can challenge a healthy self-worth, but you need not yield to the temptation to believe that you are anything less than what God has created you to be. When you feel lonely or left out, tell Him you are struggling, and ask Him to encourage your heart.

Focusing on the negative side of your situation leads to feelings of self-pity and doubt. But God has a better plan. His word of hope is simply this: “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jer. 33:3 nasb).

God hears your prayers. He knows the cries of your heart and is filled with compassion concerning you.

The apostle Paul faced many trials in his lifetime. The secret of his faith and contentment was not in the company of others, but in Jesus Christ (Phil. 4:13). God is your Source of strength.

You are the Source of my strength, Lord. Help me view my life the way You do.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 207). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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