“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that’s inside me, bless his holy title!” Psalm 103:1 (ESV)
Certain, I bless the Lord with my lips and, as a lot as I can, with my coronary heart. However with all that’s in me? Can I actually bless Him when my decrease again is kinked or my sinuses are blocked and crammed with ache? Can I bless him for my middle-aged tummy bulge or these widening hips? What about my second chin that’s starting to seem, or my hair, which has a thoughts of its personal and pays extra consideration to the humidity than to any futile makes an attempt to model it?
After we take a look at our flaws, imperfections, and physique aches, it’s exhausting to be constructive, isn’t it? Different folks may even see our good factors, however we amplify these issues we hate about ourselves: our too-straight or too-curly hair; our huge or pointy or hooked noses; our quick legs; or, our over-sized bottoms. A few of us despise the truth that we’re scrawny and tall and might’t appear to achieve weight. (By the best way, I secretly envy you, if that’s your problem.)
Then there may be the within stuff: Our anger; our pleasure, which rears up when confronted; our stubbornness; and, our unhealthy habits. Do folks decide us extra harshly than we decide ourselves? Does the best way we act have an effect on our look, or vice versa? What does that say about us as disciples of Christ? The place is our perspective of gratitude?
When will we understand that we’re splendidly and fearfully made by our Creator who needs relationship with us a lot He even went to the cross so He may very well be with us? God sees us not as we’re, however via the eyes of a loving mother or father. He sees the potential of who we will be once we use all the abilities He has given us and once we select to observe His methods. As the youngsters’s music says, we’re treasured in His sight—irrespective of our race, our physique form, or our background.
It’s true that a few of our flaws are the results of our personal life-choices. Via prayer and research of the Scriptures, we are able to change how we react to emphasize and to life on the whole. We are able to begin turning to God for consolation and satisfaction, moderately than to meals or different worldly pleasures. We are able to spend much less time at computer systems or on the sofa in entrance of a tv display and, as an alternative, get out to take pleasure in the fantastic thing about our world. On the identical time, we may also help others in want.
Let’s learn what Psalm 103: 2-5 (ESV) goes on to say:
“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and overlook not all his advantages,
who forgives all of your iniquity,
who heals all of your ailments,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good in order that your youth is renewed just like the eagle’s”
The secret is within the second verse once we overlook not all His advantages; that’s the attitude-changer. As soon as we declare Jesus as Lord, we obtain everlasting life and can sooner or later have non secular our bodies freed from illness and all imperfections. Since we’ve confessed Christ as Lord, we additionally get the crown. He forgives us, loves us, and exhibits us mercy. We will be more-than-satisfied with what is nice, each in our our bodies and in our lives. We are able to additionally search God’s assist to start to see ourselves as He see us.
PRAYER: Pricey God, the following time we really feel down on ourselves, assist us to recollect who we’re to You. Heal our attitudes and our our bodies. Give us Your power so we are able to renew each side of ourselves: our hearts, minds, wills, and our bodies. Could we rejoice in what we’ve been given, moderately than complaining, realizing that so many have so little. Most of all, might we bless You with all that’s in us for redeeming us from demise and granting us everlasting life and the forgiveness we might by no means hope to earn. We ask this stuff in Your holy and mighty title, Lord Jesus, Amen
Questions: While you look within the mirror, do you see your self to your faults or to your blessings? How do you imagine the Lord sees you?
By Julie Cosgrove
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