“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood” (1 John 4:4-6 NIV).
I want you to do me a favor. Stop allowing those voices that tell you that you’re not enough to creep in. Give yourself some grace. Remember, Jesus thought you were worth it. You are so, so worth grace and forgiveness. Forgive yourself.
Whatever burden you are carrying right now, drop it. I don’t know what it is. But He does. And that’s what matters. Put it in His hands and leave it there. Walk away and never look back. I wish you could see what Jesus sees when He sees you.
And, while we’re at it, look around. Forgive everyone around you, too. They don’t deserve it. But guess what, it doesn’t matter. When Jesus’ hands were nailed to a tree for you, neither did you. You never will deserve it. If you could earn it, there wouldn’t have been a reason for Jesus to come. It wouldn’t have been sacrificial love. It wouldn’t have been forgiveness. You were an imperfect person while He was the perfect Son of God who CHOSE to come to earth and die for your sin.
You’re hurting. You’re broken. But your story isn’t over. You just must flip the page. Here’s the thing, you must make a conscious choice every day to flip the page. You can’t be stagnant. You must move on. Life goes on. And if you’re not actively seeking His kingdom, time is going to pass you by and you’re going to regret the time that you waste.
Moral of the story: you are a child of God. Therefore, focus on giving both yourself and others grace and forgiveness. Because God is going to use you in ways that you can’t even imagine.