Day 20: Are You “Guilting” Yourself To Death?
VERSE: “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.” 2 Cor. 7:10 ESV
READ: 2 Corinthians 7:8-10
EXCERPT: The enemy will only use your efforts to put a wedge between you and God. Turn his plan on its head and choose to pursue the Lord, in prayer, asking Him to plant a seed in your heart, so that you hate your sin the way He does. Then, cozy up on the pillow of His lap– the place where His love will cultivate your heart.
GRACE IN ACTION: What is the role of guilt in your food life? How is it helping or hurting you? The next time you feel like the solution to your problems is “feeling worse,” step back and determine which course of action will help you move away from food and to the Lord.
I used to feel guilty whenever I was eating what I call “junk” food…cookies, candy, ice cream or eating in secret or when on a binge. I have worked to change my thinking of the good/bad foods to food is just that food. It is not always easy to not think negatively about my food choices but each day is getting better than the day before.
I also think back to our many years of being house parents and how often the kids were quick to say they were sorry for whatever and we would tell them sorry is just a word, put some action behind that sorry…that shows that the sorry was sincere. And that’s what this scripture is telling me…put the action behind my thoughts. And that my thinking needs to not change for a day or two but for always.
I am encouraged each day to do just a bit better than the day before. I struggle often with my decisions and more so with my thinking. This morning during the worship service I was reminded by God’s word
And I’m reminded over and over that God’s mercies are new every day and the most important thing in my life is my relationship with the Lord…that’s what He wants from me…to have a relationship, for him to be my best friend, my confidant and most importantly loved unconditionally by him.
Two other verses that jumped out at me was