Friday Matters- July 24, 2020
Accepting who you are
Sometimes I get so disgusted with myself. It’s when I’m in this place of self-pity and I feel stuck. The way to peace begins with accepting the truth of myself—the whole truth. My struggle to cope with certain people has a simple explanation: they represent to me those things that I have refused to acknowledge and accept in myself.
To accept the truth of my brokenness is unbearable impossible without turning to Jesus. If my vision of myself is not purified by the mercy of Jesus, I have to get dishonest, camouflage my warts, and present to you a self that is mostly admirable, fault free, and superficially happy. When I accept the truth of me, shipwrecked and saved, and give it over to the person of Jesus, I am at peace even if I don’t feel it. The peace that comes from God and surpasses all understanding, (Philippians 4:7) was provided by Christ on the cross and doesn’t depend on my shifting feelings. Oh Lord, what a gift. Thank YOU…everyday.