One of the greatest sins against our “self” is to be defined and confined by our ideas of self. This is a grave mistake. I’ve written how we can affect others with our thoughts of them, but this goes for our thoughts about ourselves as well. Perhaps even more so! Yes, I’m dramatically affected by my thoughts of myself and my life reflects those thoughts. My thoughts are like an electromagnet that draws things into my life according to my perception of self, both negative and positive.
Thoughts That Call God a Liar
The reason this is so devastating is because my beliefs can be counter to God’s own mind. And when my beliefs oppose God’s own thoughts of me, I’m calling God a liar. This is a dire and great sin!
How dare I limit God through my unbelief! I am saying with my thoughts, “You might be powerful over there but not here in me.” The fact is that He is either all-powerful or not at all. If I am the great barrier to God’s ability to express His thoughts about me, woe unto me. It is absolute rebellion!
This sin might even seem like humility or just living in reality. But when has God’s reality of me ever been defined by me—NEVER! His thoughts of me are established in His mind, according to His authoring, not by my feelings or notions.
Love My Neighbor as Myself
We are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. I am accountable for how I treat others but I am also held accountable for how I treat myself, maybe even more so because of the cumulative effects. I am to love my neighbor as I love myself, and if I fail to love myself, how can I even love my neighbor at all? Without love for self, I have no love to give to others. True love for self is to allow my Creator to love and define me. Self-hatred will bind my life and actions to my perception of who I am.
My views must be authored by God’s own thoughts. He should be the only one who defines me. The problem is, I confine Him when I dare to define myself—too small, too big, too dumb, too slow, too young, too… you fill in your blank. I know I have. I have labeled myself and blocked God from transforming my views. Again it is rebellion to refuse to yield to His mind over mine. He is my Creator and Author, and to exalt my thoughts about myself above His is at best unbelief and worse, it’s the accusatory burying of my talents. Again, woe unto me.
My Thinking and the Spirit
The Spirit has been sent to confound, correct, counsel, and comfort me. He leads me into ALL truth. This “all” includes His thoughts about me. There is a place we can enter. It’s a place of rest where we no longer struggle with our views of self, where we can finally BE ourselves in Him. Once we are free to love ourselves – because we are so loved – there is joy and delight to just be your simple being. This is the delight of discovery and the adventure of actualization. Me, unencumbered by fearful, limiting thoughts, loosed to express my fearfully and wonderfully made Life.