Have you ever felt like a failure because you had a meal in which you did not eat healthy? Have you ever said mean things to yourself because your body doesn’t look the way you want it to?
I’m sure many of you, including myself, have felt this way. You try and try to take care of yourself, only to run into failure at some point. Then you become upset and maybe even depressed and conclude that there is no use trying any more because you always fail.
The sad news is, we will always fail. We’re human! There is no possible way for us to escape failure. It is in our DNA. After the fall, we were doomed to always fail at some point in our lives.
However, there is good news. God is graceful. No matter how much we mess up, He is still there when we come running back to Him. Romans 8:11 states, “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” That means He accepts us in our entirety, unconditionally. Before the sin, during the sin, and after the sin. God hates the sin, not the sinner.
If God can love us, accept us, and forgive us for the terrible sins we commit, why can’t we also accept ourselves the way we are? As discussed in First Things First, God created us as we are for a purpose. When we spend time beating ourselves up because we aren’t some perceived form of beauty, we lose precious time that could be spent developing the gifts God gave us. Our bodies are beautiful and precious, just the way they are. Lets take care of them.