It takes a profound conversion to accept that God is relentlessly tender and compassionate toward us just as we are — not in spite of our sins and faults (that would not be total acceptance), but with them. Though God does not condone or sanction evil, He does not withhold His love because there is evil in us.
– Brennan Manning
We cannot accept love from another human being when we do not love ourselves, much less accept that God could possibly love us.
Our courteous Lord does not want His servants to despair because they fall often and grievously; for our falling does not hinder Him in loving us.
– Julian of Norwich
Many Christians…find themselves defeated by the most psychological weapon that satan uses against them. This weapon has the effectiveness of deadly missile. Its name? Low self-esteem. Satan’s greatest psychological weapon is a gut level feeling of inferiority, inadequacy, and low self-worth. This feeling shackles many Christians, in spite of wonderful spiritual experiences and knowledge of God’s Word. Although they understand their position as sons and daughters of God, they are tied up in knots, bound by a terrible feeling of inferiority, and chained to a deep sense of worthlessness.
– David Seamands
But God loves who we really are — whether we like it or not. God calls us, as He did Adam, to come out of hiding. No amount of spiritual makeup can render us more presentable to Him. As Merton said, “The reason we never enter into the deepest reality of our relationship with God is that we so seldom acknowledge our utter nothingness before Him.” His love, which called us into existence, calls us to come out of self-hatred and to step into His truth. “Come to me now,” Jesus says. “Acknowledge and accept who I want to be for you: A Savior of boundless compassion, infinite patience, unbearable forgiveness, and love that keeps no score of wrongs. Quit projecting onto Me your own feelings about yourself. At this moment your life is a bruised reed and I will not crush it, a smoldering wick and I will not quench it. You are in a safe place.”
– Brennan Manning
…love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8 (NLT)
A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
– Isaiah 42:3 (NIV)
is tied beautifully to Your complete worthiness
and Your love for me.
Let me not slip into
corrosive thoughts self-degrading
with my failures.
But keep me in
where I know
I’m completely dependent on You
and loved beyond reason.
Surrendered to grace
– Susie Stewart
Photo by Susie Stewart