“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:11-12
Growing up, that has always been one of my favorite bible verses. There was always something that filled me with joy knowing that even when I felt my worst, I could still be forgiven. That concept of forgiveness and grace has been a theme that has been hammered into me since I was young.
That’s why I love to think of God as a forgiving, kind God. That’s just how I view him. I love that grace has always been important to me.
One thing I’ve noticed is, that the grace that I’ve learned God gives me, I don’t transfer over to myself. I’m often my worst critic. In my mind, I tear myself down in ways that other people, and certainly God wouldn’t do. Why is it so easy to believe that God will forgive us, and so impossible to forgive ourselves?
I’m not talking about a major event either. I’m talking about day to day situations where we just need to give ourselves a little grace. We need to step back and say, “So what I messed up my diet,” or “So what I didn’t exercise.” No one is perfect. Give yourself some grace and move on.
That’s not to say to give up entirely. We need to hold ourselves accountable to our goals. In scripture, God says to come to him and seek forgiveness. With our other goals, we need to come forward and challenge ourselves, too. But for those times when we slip up, and we will slip up, we need to take a page from the good book and give ourselves some grace.