Labels - 2 - I AM ACCEPTED

2 - I AM ACCEPTED
Dear Lord,

To think that you accept me as you accept Christ sometimes feels too good to be true. But it is true because you have said so. Today, I rest in this great reality. I bring my self-rejection to the foot of the Cross. I leave it there. I bring my performance anxieties, drives to achieve, obsessions over how I look, talk, act, and sound – Father, I lay them down at the Cross.
I lay my guilt and shame there too.
Lord, teach me to live with nothing left to prove.
I rest my soul in your perfect acceptance of me in Christ. I move into your embrace. I look for my worth to my Savior – he is all I need.
As often as the voices of accusation rise up in my head, O Lord, silence them with the voice of your Word.
As often as feelings of condemnation well up in my heart, O Lord, transform them by the power of your love.
When nobody accepts me, I know you accept me still. This is all the confidence I need to face my day.
Please create in me compassion for every fellow-pilgrim I encounter today.

By your grace, and for your glory,
Amen. 
Additional Scriptures 
The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:17)

'And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 'for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they began to be merry. (Luke 15:23, 24)

You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; For the LORD delights in you, And your land shall be married. (Isaiah 62:4)
Author: Bill Giovannetti
Dr. Bill Giovannetti is a professor, pastor, and the author of over 20 books. He has a passion for Scripture, and a mission to inform the mind in ways that touch the heart. 
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