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Forgive Yourself, Improve Your Health – DavidSandstrom.com
Forgive Yourself

Forgive Yourself, Improve Your Health

One of the most powerful things we can do to improve our health is offer ourselves forgiveness.

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Few things will drain our energy more quickly, than living under the crippling beliefs of shame, condemnation, and guilt.…..


 

Most of my adult life I held ideas in my head that sounding something like: “God must be really disappointed with me.” And, “If people really knew me, they’d run the other way.”

Then, in 2001 I read the book Wild at Heart by John Eldredge. I also attended the Ransomed Heart boot camp put on by John and his team in Colorado Springs. That weekend changed my life.

I learned a lot that weekend, and the revelations continued for months. But, one of the most meaningful things that I experienced was being freed from self-condemnation.

[callout]Give yourself permission to be human. We are imperfect, and God loves us anyway.[/callout]

Lessons From A Movie

In the first Terminator movie, Kyle Reece went back in time to save “the legend” Sarah Connor. She was legendary because her unborn son would lead the resistance to save the human race from extinction.

Sarah asked Kyle why he risked everything to come through time to save her. He says: “I wanted to meet the legend”

Later, in a moment of self-condemnation Sarah says to Kyle: “Some legend…You must be really disappointed.” Kyle responds quickly and quietly: “Oh no, I’m not..…I love you Sarah. I always have, and I always will.” You could tell that there was nothing she could ever do or say that would change the way he felt.

This is the heart of our savior. Even when we feel like we’ve blown it, and those unworthy feelings crop up, we must hang on to the truth that Jesus actually did come on our rescue mission. (Matthew 20:28)

He loves us with a great, everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3) And, as followers of Jesus Christ we are anything but condemned. (Romans 8:1) Jesus didn’t die a bloody death on a cross for pond scum. We have great worth in God’s sight.

Seeing More Clearly

As I’ve let these truths sink into my soul, I’ve noticed a strong connection between how I’m feeling about myself emotionally, and how I’m feeling physically. Give yourself permission to be human. We are imperfect, and God loves us anyway.

This is not to say that we can’t feel conviction and be motivated to change. Movement toward God’s truth is always a good thing. But shame and condemnation don’t do us any good. They’re from the enemy of our souls, and they sap us of our energy and drain our vitality.

If you desire to maximize your physical potential, you must not only receive God’s forgiveness, you must also be quick to forgive yourself. We need to resist the temptation to beat ourselves up with unproductive self-talk.

Simply remember, God’s lovingkindness and compassion have no limits (Lamentations 3:22,23) Hang on to this, and you’ll defeat these energy-draining, health-defeating beliefs.

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