The wounds that others inflict in us is not nearly as bad as those we inflict ourselves with! The truth be told, we are unnecessarily hard on ourselves. We strive so much for mastery and perfection, and we forget that we are living in an imperfect world. And then, when things don’t turn out our way, we become our own worst critic. The way we analyze our work when compared to what others do is ruthless, deliberate and destructive.
That is not to say that self-criticism is entirely or outright bad. Because many have done so to bring about positive healthy lifestyle changes or have even used it as a technique to bring about a dose of humility. The danger though is when it bogs us down with what I call ’emotional baggage.’
So what can be done? Where do we go or who do we go to? What is the saving grace when you and I find ourselves down in the valley and about to deal ourselves that final blow with our negative thoughts and words? Here are 8 bible verses that you can turn to that will heal the wounds of self-criticism and get you out of that place where you stop being so hard on yourself:-
1. Your escape from bondage and mental slavery – “Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior].” – Romans 8:1 (AMP)
2. Spiritual awakening brings new life to every believer – “Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings new life].” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP)
3. Depend on godly wisdom – “Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.” – Proverbs 3:25-26 (ESV)
4. God is your helper – “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5 (NKJV)
5. God’s love for you is unconditional – “See how much the Father has loved us! His love is so great that we are called His children – and so, in fact, we are. This is why the world does not know us: it has not known God.” 1 John 3:1 (GNT)
6. God moves your sin extremely far you could never find it – “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgression from us.” – Psalm 103:12 (NKJV)
7. Your mistakes are covered by God’s righteousness – “Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” – Romans 4:7 (NIV)
8. Your guilt, shame and everything you blame yourself for are nailed to the cross – “He cancelled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.” – Colossians 2:14 (NLT)
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