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Managing Your Inner Critic

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Inspiration:

You actually talk to yourself more than you talk with anyone else in the world. Listen closely to those conversations because they make up your inner life and they also direct your heart.

                    ~ In the Presence of Jesus by Paul Bane and Matt Litton

Scripture:

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls his children, and that is what we are!

                                             ~ 1 John 3:1                     

We all have an inner critic who speaks to us about what we do right or wrong. The voices of family and friends can hurt us, but the most significant harm is our self-talk and what we say to ourselves. For example, many Christians believe they should never feel proud when people thank them for doing a good job. There is a false humility that doesn’t let them appreciate the understanding that our self-worth is directly related to the image of God in us.

It is helpful to understand any goodness in us reflects the goodness of God, and we should never beat ourselves up for our failures. Self-condemnation never accomplishes positive change – only love. Instead, we need to forgive ourselves and take steps to bring healing and restoration where possible and be kind to ourselves and others when we fail. (Letting Go of Regret)

There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, and we need to remember that when we are critical of ourselves. We can train our minds to let go of our self-judgment, accept ourselves as we are, focus on the forgiveness of God, and not cling to our failures. When those thoughts arise (and they certainly will), we can recognize them and let them pass. We can replace the inner critic with kinder words spoken about ourselves. There is an invitation from Jesus every moment to come as you are and receive His love and forgiveness. He loves us, and we are his children. This week let us focus on making sure that inner voice reflects how much we are loved and cherished by Him. (There is a Battle for Your Mind)

Co-writer Matt Litton

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