Self criticism, even when it is deserved, leaves me crippled. I hobble around on crutches pretending no one sees.
They see I can’t get out of myself. They see my selfishness.
Practicing love, getting outside of myself, shuts self criticism right down. God knows me and He knows what I need.
Jesus knows me better than I know myself. He doesn’t condemn me but shows His steadfast love day after day. He puts it into practice.
Jesus challenges me to practice real love. That is God’s goal for me today. Loving others takes me out of my self and focuses on others.
My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves. 1 John 3:18-20