Day 18 Self-Acceptance

For whom the Lord loves He corrects, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
Perhaps you have been struggling with accepting yourself. You see the areas in yourself where change is necessary. You desire to be like Jesus. Yet it is very difficult for you to think or say, “I accept myself.” You feel that to do so would be to accept all that is wrong with you, but that is not the case. We can accept and embrace ourselves as God’s unique creation, and still not like everything we do.
God will change us, but we cannot even begin the process of change until this issue of self-acceptance is settled in our individual lives. When we truly believe that God loves us unconditionally just as we are, then we will have closeness to Him, and we will be willing to receive His correction, which is necessary for true change. Change requires corrections—people who do not know they are loved have a very difficult time receiving correction. Correction is merely God giving us divine direction for our lives. He is guiding us to better things, but if we are insecure we will always feel condemned by correction instead of joyfully embracing it.
God does not approve of all of our actions, but He does love and approve of us as His beloved children.

Be patient with yourself. Keep pressing on and believe that you are changing every day.
God help me to understand when You are correcting me so that I can follow up in order to be obedient to You. Make always rejoice in your correction. In Jesus name.

Hebrews 3:19
So we see that it was because of their unbelief that they were unable to enter.

Hebrews 9:14
how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, purify our consciences from works of death, so that we may serve the living God!

Hebrews 10:31
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.