Each time I visited our fridge I would see the words of truth that transformed my heart…
You see, for decades I wore myself out attempting to earn others’ approval and love… my parents’, my friends’, my brothers’, even God’s. I did all I could to be “good.” To prove myself. I thought what I did determined how much others would love me.
However, with failure after failure, it didn’t take me long to realize I was fighting a losing battle. I could never be “good” enough. Never.
For every two steps forward, I would backslide one. Sometimes even three.
What’s the point? Why continue trying?
But God. God showed me something different through the words above. He used them to open my eyes and to begin a transforming work in my heart.
All this striving? All this wearing myself out?
I didn’t have to do any of it a second longer. I didn’t have to work for approval any more. Nope, I didn’t have to work for Jesus to love me. I didn’t have to earn His acceptance. And, I no longer had to say the right words, do the right things, or act in a certain way.
Jesus loved me for me. Not for what I did or didn’t do.
Oh the freedom in that right there!
The false sense of personal shame and disappointment of not being good enough had followed me around like a larger-than-life, consuming shadow. What joy to experience its absence in my life!
If I was good enough for Jesus to love, I was good enough. Period.
And so are you, friend. He loves you for you. Not for what you do or don’t do.
That’s the best news all day.
He replaces our disgrace with acceptance. Our shame with honor. Our striving with rest. Our good enough with His best.
You are more than good enough.
Live in this freedom today, my friend. May we encourage one another in the truth of His love today. With Jesus, that false sense of personal shame that we have carried far too long no longer has a place in your life or mine. We have much to rejoice in, don’t we?
Look to Him. Cease your striving. Shine with radiance.
He loves you.
It’s an honor to link this post up with Suzanne Eller for #livefreeThursday! Stop on over there for more encouragement on the conversation prompt of “shame-less.”
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