Proverbs 13:12 — Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life (NIV).
The second area I want to deal with is disappointment in yourself. People become disappointed with themselves for many different reasons. Failures in school, in the workplace, or in relationships cause many to lose hope. The guilt and shame they carry because of such failure leaves them imprisoned unable to forgive themselves.
Forgiving yourself is often times more difficult than forgiving someone else. Intimacy with God is largely dependent on your ability to forgive yourself. You have to allow the blood of Jesus to wash away your shortcomings. Micah 7:19 says, “You will again have compassion on us; You will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea” (NIV). God has compassion on you; He wants to throw your sins away, but you have to let go of them first.
Perhaps you’ve been torturing yourself because of past failures. It’s time to let yourself off the hook. Do not just blow off your shortcomings, though. Learn from them. When you fall short, don’t beat yourself up. Become a better person. I pray that you will believe in and trust yourself again. To defer means to put off or postpone. Perhaps you have put your personal dreams and expectations on hold. If so, I encourage you to pray the following prayer over yourself:
“Lord Jesus, You are awesome. I surrender my entire self to You. I give You all of my failures and shortcomings. Wash me in Your precious blood. I want to be completely free. Take away my guilt and shame; make me whole again. Restore my hope, and help me to trust myself once more. The joy of the Lord is my strength, and I will walk in unspeakable joy. Thank You, Lord, for giving me the ability to dream again. I love You. Amen.”
Hebrews 8:12 — “For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more” (NASB).
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