*** As I lay down on the couch, feeling extremely ill, my mind begins to race with ALL the things I am not able to get done. I wish I could cook more and clean more, but I physically can not do it without feeling worst.
At this point, I am starting to feel bad about myself.
After thinking those thoughts, I immediately get struck in my heart by the holy spirit with this word: Grace! ***
God gives us grace all ALL THE TIME.
So why can't we do the same for ourselves?
What is Grace?
In Christianity, grace can be defined as "the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God".
God's grace starts with: Jesus.
When God created humans, we were made with the ability to think for ourselves.
We can create our own thoughts and make our own plans and decisions.
This is free will.
"A man's mind plans his way [as he journeys through life], But the Lord directs his steps and establishes them." - Proverbs 16:9 AMP
When we make our own decisions, sometimes we choose ways of life that are not good for us (not holy).
God is holy and can only dwell around in holiness.
To take the place of our unholy ways is Jesus.
God chose Jesus to be the physical representation to take the place of our sins (mistakes and unholy decisions).
When we sin and ask forgiveness, God no longer sees our sins.
God sees Jesus!
This is Grace!
Grace is not earned (by our works or actions); God freely gives his grace to us through Jesus.
"For it is by grace [God's remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation]."
- Ephesians 2: 8-9 AMP
This means that God's grace is in our salvation and in our daily lives.
Every step you take throughout your day, in every action or no action taken, God's grace covers it.
Grace is God's love, forgiveness and favor (approval).
No matter what you do or do not do, God still loves you.
When you ask for forgiveness, God forgives you.
When you strive to live better, God favors you.
(A true Christian tries to do good and live better [live by God's commandments], not continuously sin without a repentant heart [feel and express regret].)
When you can accept God's grace, it can become easier to give yourself grace.
When you give yourself grace, this equates to you giving yourself love, kindness, peace, joy and forgiveness.
*** So in my case, instead of thinking negative thoughts about myself, I should have been more loving toward myself and know that I have no control over what my body feels like right now. All I can do is rest, try ways to relieve my body of pain and ask God to heal me. These are positive thoughts and actions of Grace toward myself. ***
We are not above God.