I don’t know about you, but I am my biggest critic. I will be the first person to notice a mistake I made, I overly criticize everything I do, and I expect perfection, which is unrealistic and unattainable. When I fall short of that standard I will end up beating myself up about it. Throughout my life I’ve always thought of myself as average, or common, thinking “oh, I’m nothing special”. This is wrong according to Acts 10:15 where God tells Peter:
“…What God has made clean, do not call common.”
That’s amazing! Because of Jesus’ work on the cross, I am forgiven and cleansed of my sins. He’s changing me, and am counted righteous because of Christ. So when God looks at me He sees Jesus’ righteousness, and calls me not only cleansed, but daughter. Since that’s how God sees me, I should think no less of myself. When you accept Christ as your savior, you are cleansed of your sins and you are a new creation as 2 Corinthians 5:17 says:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
So, cling to the cross and see yourself as God sees you! Don’t beat yourself up when you make a mistake, pick yourself up, ask for repentance, and continue striving after God. We can’t ever be perfect, but we don’t have to be because Jesus fulfilled that for us.
So my question to you is: do you see yourself through human eyes, or God’s?