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Part one outlined that God does not condemn us and so we have peace with Him. The chapters in this second part cover a selection of thoughts which loosely follow on from this.
It may be that we have trouble accepting and loving the 'natural' things about ourselves. For example "Sometimes I feel fed up with myself as a person. I Dislike aspects of my personality. I'm fed up with my particular faults and weaknesses. I wish I was more like 'this' and less like 'that'. I wish I was more talented. Nobody else seems to have the hang-ups I have, everybody else seems just fine."
Some of us at times may have an inferiority
complex, having a really low opinion of ourselves. This can lead to us feeling
unhappy. But on the other hand if we felt completely satisfied with ourselves
and we had no weaknesses whatsoever, we might get proud and start glorying in
ourselves: - the bible tells us we are not to glory in ourselves: -
Actually the reason we may feel low may well be because of pride in us. We feel hurt because we want to be able to glory in ourselves, but can't. Surely if we only wanted to glory in the Lord we wouldn't care what weaknesses and faults we had anyway, because we would not be interested in glorying ourselves.
So what does the bible tells us about accepting
ourselves? Here's some scriptures: - "Know ye that the Lord he is God: It is He
that hath made us and not we ourselves."
And be content with such things as ye
have,"(Hebrews 13 v5) So let us accept without regret our faults and
weaknesses. Stop allowing your faults to be so important in your thinking.
Don't be so interested in what you haven't got, but be more interested in who
you are and what you have got. Here follows an illustration of this point: -
We can be like this. We can be so wrapped up with our shortcomings that we forget the things God has blessed us with.
Maybe we have weaknesses to keep us humble. There is a difference between being humble and having an inferiority complex.
As for our talents
whose glory are those?
Did we achieve our abilities in our own strength.?:-
Let us therefore give our talents and our weaknesses back to God and ask Him to use them for His glory.
Be glad that God made you 'you'. Do not wish you were someone else. He is glad that He made you 'you'.