I used to get really bummed with myself every time I felt like I messed up. It was like I had a standard I thought God expected of me (or I expected from myself?) and every time I missed it, I liked the person I was less and less.
Reading 2 Corinthians 5:17 changed that, though – “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, and the new has come!”
If I’m now ‘in Christ’, it’s not just me I’m getting bummed at – it’s the new person Jesus died to make me to be. It didn’t really sit right with me to be criticising that.
I think Jesus wants to make us all into new people, so that we don’t have to feel like I did anymore – pushing into that idea really changed my life and the way I see people around me. Maybe it can for you, too.