Do you ever beat yourself up because you’re not perfect enough?
Maybe you just said something completely dumb to a friend. Or you’ve spent the night struggling with that same old sin. Or maybe you’ve just been around that “perfect” person for a little too long, and you’re feeling like a loser.
It would be nice if we could just say, “Oh, that’s right. No one is perfect,” and move on.
But often the self-condemnation is so forceful, that we can’t just move on. When that happens, it’s time to renew our minds because we won’t be able to get over it until we see the situation from God’s perspective.
In How to Renew Your Mind-Part 1 we talked about the putting on and taking off aspect of the renewing of the mind. Here’s an example of a putting off and a putting on if you’re struggling with self-condemnation over a recurring sin. The My view column is the taking off, and the God’s view column is the putting on.
|I’m such a sorry excuse for a Christian.||I’m glad you’re aware of your sin. I’d be more worried if you thought you were a great Christian (Luke 18:9-14). But don’t beat yourself up with it. Confess your sin and I will forgive you (1 John 1:9).|
|If only I were more like (that “perfect” Christian I know).||Listen, I know that guy. He’s not perfect, either. He just has different set of sins than you have. You don’t see all of them, but I do–and it’s not pretty (Romans 3:23).|
|I’m such a loser.||You are my beloved child. My beautiful work of art. My bride. I dearly love you–even when you sin. (Insecurity Bible verses)|
|I’ve done this sin too often. God won’t forgive me anymore.||I told you guys to forgive each other 70 X 7 times. Don’t you think I’d be willing to forgive you that much and more? (Matthew 18:21-22)|
|I need to change so God can accept me.||Are you kidding? I went through all the pain of sending my Son to die for you so you wouldn’t have to be perfect. Do you really think I’d go through all of that and then say, “Oh, I guess you do have to be perfect”? I love you “as is.” Go and sin no more. (Ephesians 2:8-9, John 8:1-11)|
|I’ll never change.||You’ll never change if you keep trying to do it in your own strength. Stay in my Word, renew your mind, and use spiritual weapons to fight this battle–I will change you! (See About Tab of this blog for Bible verses.)|
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Question: What do you do to break free from self-condemnation? Can you think of any other lies we need to take off with self-condemnation?