"And beloved, if our own consciences (our hearts) do not accuse us-if they do not make us feel guilty and condemn us-we have confidence (complete assurance and boldness) before God."
-I John 3:21
How often I've called you in love and in tenderness. How often I've sung over you in the night and rejoiced over you in the day. And yet, how often I've heard you curse yourself. How often I've heard your private battle cry against yourself!
Why? Have I waged war against My beloved? Have I instructed you to hurl rebuke and angry insult at My chosen (you)? Am I to wear the uniform of the enemy and take sides against My own?
I am He who calls you to the glorious kingdom of peace and righteousness. I am the One who gives you new life, who yanks sin and hatred from you.
Would you accuse Me of sending you that which I freed you from? When you came, holding your heart out to me.
I lifted you up into My own heart. I see you as a RARE and PRECIOUS GEM fitting perfectly in the Father's resplendent heavenly crown.
I am making a gem out of you.
I am creating a new heart in you.
And now you war against that very heart, You devaluate the jewel of God.
Peace I give you, my dear one. Peace to be yourself, and to enjoy being yourself.
To speak kindly of yourself is to humble yourself.
To hold yourself in esteem is to humble yourself.
To be gentle with yourself is to hold Me in esteem.
Because you love Me, end the war with yourself.
-Laura Ebel (Romans 8:1, 31-39)
These words were given to me many years ago by a dear friend.
I think as women it is hard to remember this.
We criticize ourselves and each other without even meaning to. Consider these words against your own thoughts and actions.
End the war with yourself.