"Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don't be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you. You will no longer remember the shame of your youth and the sorrows of widowhood." (Isaiah 54:4, NLT)
Research shows that 82 percent of Americans are emotionally unhealthy ... that's the majority of our population! Charles Solomon, Christian author who deals with rejection says 98 percent of Christians have their identity in the roots and fruit of rejection and woundedness. Beloved, it is time to break this vicious cycle.
If you are one that struggles with self-destructive behavior, irresponsibility, self-discipline, chronic depression, addictions and compulsions, fears and anxieties, trusting others and have chronic relationship problems -- chances are you have not yet been made mature while dealing with your emotions.
How you see yourself is how you will treat yourself and others. If you think that your life is meaningless and that you will never amount to anything, chances are you won't. You follow the direction that your heart and your mind take you. However, you can choose your thoughts and you need to make sure that you choose them carefully.
God has a wonderful plan for your life -- so don't allow your past to determine your future. I encourage you to meditate on the above scripture. See yourself as someone who is filled with faith not fear. See yourself as someone who is filled with honor not shame or disgrace. Align your mind with Isaiah 54:4.
You can feel wrong and behave right. You can feel shame and guilt but the truth is, you have been made right through the blood of Christ. Get to the point where you don't care how you feel -- you're going to believe what God says about you. Don't let your emotions override the Truth.
You are a new creature and the old you, old ways, and old mindsets have been buried. Remember that you have been raised with Christ. You can struggle with feelings of guilt, but know that you are made righteous. You are not what you feel. You are what you believe. Don't worship your feelings. Feelings are flighty from one day to the next. The more mature you become the more you realize that you don't have to let how you feel rule you and control who you are.
Through scripture, we can receive a clearer picture of how emotional immaturity can distort how we view life, ourselves, and others. Meditate on the Word that you may be able to see clearly and be on your way to a healthy, emotionally mature, you.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .