Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Comparison/Affirmation Devotion

I wrote a post a few weeks ago about comparing our lives to others. The Lord has really dealt with me on that issue and I feel like with His help, I have it more under control.

You can read it HERE.

Here is a similar devotion from today that I just had to share.

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Stop judging and evaluating yourself, for this is not your role. Above all, stop comparing yourself with other people. This produces feelings of pride or inferiority; sometimes a mixture of both. I lead each of my children along the path that is uniquely tailor-made for him or her. Comparing is not only wrong, it is also meaningless.

Do not look for affirmation in the wrong places: your own evaluations or those of other people. The only source of real affirmation is my unconditional love. Many believers perceive me as an unpleasable judge, angrily searching out their faults and failures. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I died for your sins so that I might clothe you in my garments of salvation. This is how I see you: radiant in my robe of righteousness. When I discipline you, it ins never I anger or disgust. It is to prepare you for face-to-face fellowship with me throughout all eternity. Immerse yourself in my loving presence. Be receptive to my affirmation, which flows continually from the throne of grace.

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. – Luke 6:37

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. - John 3:16-17

I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness. -Isaiah 61:10

My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in." -Proverbs 3:11-12


Brekke said...

So needed to hear this today, thanks girl!

Comparsion will ruin any self worth that you have. Need to keep reminding myself of that!

Katie said...

A-freaking-men! I couldn't have read this at a more perfect time, so thank you for sharing!!

Kelly said...

Hey Danielle! I'm not sure how I stumbled here but glad I did! I have loved reading your marathon posts (I'm currently on 6-8 weeks of rest for a stress fracture while training for my first half :/) but you are such an inspiration. Glad to be following along now!

Kae said...

Thank you for this post!
I seem to need a reminder of this! and it was a perfect time!

Mama’s Minute said...

I loved this devotion. Thank God for our little finding in the cabin. This entire book is a blessing as are you!!! Love you!

Ashley said...

this was a GREAT reminder! thank you for this :)