I Hate Myself!

I hate myself! How can anyone love me? I’m so stupid!

Have you ever said those words to yourself? Or heard someone else say them? If you have, you are not alone. I have said those words too many times to count. As I grew older, I realized those words are lies we tell ourselves.

We may not always do or say the smartest thing. No one is perfect. I think most people have thoughts of “Why did I say that?” or “Why did I do that?” Maybe the best thing to do is try to forgive ourselves and move on. Easier said than done, right? There may be times when we also need to apologize or make things right. Don’t hate yourself because of a mistake or mistakes you have made. 

As a human being, you will continue to make mistakes and say things you wish you didn’t say. You aren’t alone. I often ask myself why did I do that or say that? Even when I apologize right away it still doesn’t make me feel better. Sometimes it bothers me for hours, days or even years later. We need to learn to forgive ourselves and move on. 

God did not like what you did or said, but He still loves you. His love is unconditional. Bring your mistakes to God. Tell Him all about it and how you feel. Let Him know that you are sorry. If we confess our sins and tell Him all about the ‘stupid’ things we’ve done, He will forgive us. He doesn’t want us to live in sin and be miserable. 

God knit you together and breathed life into you. He did that because He loves you. You know how much He loves you? He loves you so much that He sent His one and only Son, to earth to die on the cross for your sins and for my sins. 

God’s Son, Jesus, left all of His power and glory in heaven, came to earth as a baby born in a stable, lived on this earth, died a cruel death on the cross all because He loves us and wants us to spend eternity with Him. He is now in heaven preparing a place for those who believe in Him. How amazing is that?

We all make mistakes. But God is there, still loving you and me. In Romans 8:35 we read, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” No matter what, God still loves you and me…that is a beautiful thing.

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