Accepting you are not perfect is helpful. Developing the ability to forgive yourself is beneficial. Practicing personal forgiveness is a Godly pattern. God forgives every day. The prophet Jeremiah said, “Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness,” Lamentations 3:22-23. God’s forgiveness is daily. Can’t we forgive ourselves every day? It is acceptable to treat yourself in the same manner God does. Facing the present and future committed to treat yourself the way God does gives hope.

• We should not think of ourselves in ways that are mean, resentful or disrespectful.

• We should give our bodies the best care and nourishment possible.

• We should program our mind with thoughts that are worthy.

• We should use time to nourish our spirit-man with God-given truth.

• We should speak well of ourselves without arrogance or scorn.

• We should claim the best in us, not the lowest.

• We should not allow the hurtful past to control us.

• My mind should be a source of “Hope that Helps.”

Paul the Apostle, author of a great portion of the New Testament in the Bible and one of the most highly educated in the Christian Church gave this counsel: “Keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your minds on the work of God,” Philippians 4:8.

The Rev. Paul Killingsworth serves as pastor at Yuma First Assembly.

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