Be kind. Be tenderhearted. Be forgiving. Easy to say, but so hard to do.
I struggle a lot with perfectionism, and often nurture a critical spirit. And this spirit rears its ugly head the most when I’m feeling bad about myself.
When I don’t feel good enough, or smart enough, or simply enough generally, I find myself becoming much more critical of other people.
However, when I dwell on the fact that in Christ I am forgiven, loved, and enough because of what he’s done for me, my mood towards myself and others starts to change.
I recognise the people in my life as forgiven, loved, and enough too. Flawed yet beautiful children of God who deserve my grace and respect, just because.
Lord, make me kinder and more compassionate to both myself and others as I remember your incredible kindness and compassion towards me. Work in me, Jesus. Change me, grow me, and renew me as I seek to love others as you love them.
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
– Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV