Accepting Yourself

Accepting Yourself

Read: Ephesians 1:3-10

Ephesians 1:6 “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

An unmarried missionary had been disparaging herself. She was especially displeased with what she felt was her low level of spiritual growth.

One morning she looked searchingly at herself in the mirror. The, very slowly, she said, “God, I Thank You that I am myself and can never be anybody else.”

That was her moment of liberating self-acceptance . She realized that by God’s design she was an absolutely unique person, a Christ-redeemed human being who could never be replaced or duplicated.

Do you condemned yourself because you aren’t as spiritual as you think you ought to be? Do you see yourself as a second-rate disciple, lacking gifts and graces possessed by fellow believers who seem to be models of prayer, witness, and service? We can rise above the mood of self-rejection and enjoy grateful self-acceptance when we put our lives into the nail-pierced hands of Jesus. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, and the forgiveness of sins.” {vv. 4-6}

If the Lord has accepted us, surely we can accept ourselves! That’s the liberating truth. —Vernon Grounds

All praise to the Lamb, accepted I am,
Through faith in the Saviour’s adorable name;
In Him I confide, His blood is applied;
For me He hath suffered, for me He hath died. –Wesley

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Accepting Jesus’ free gift of Salvation frees us to accept ourselves.

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