There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. – John 3:18
Why do we tend to give away too much of ourselves to others and neglect to care for ourselves? Often we’re driven by a fear of being judged. We are haunted by a sense that we haven’t done enough or we haven’t done what was expected. And at the root of those fears is the sense that the one who is most critical of us is God himself.
But that’s just not true. John tells us plainly that when we believe in Jesus, God does not judge us. Paul makes this even clearer when he asserts, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). No ifs, no ands, no buts—absolutely no condemnation, simply because we belong to Jesus. And that freedom from judgment is not based on how we feel about it. It’s reality—based on a transaction we made with God when we affirmed our belief and he adopted us into his family.
So that critical voice we so often hear in our heads is not God speaking; it’s us. God speaks only in the language of love.
How loud is the critical, judgmental voice in your head? Who first told you the things that your critical voice now repeats?
Since the critical voice is not telling the truth, how can you argue against it?
Loving heavenly Father, thank you for not judging me. Help me not to listen to that critical voice within me, for I know it is not you. Help me to know that I am loved by you and accepted for who I am.
Taken from Take Your Life Back Day by Day copyright © 2016 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.