Topic: Beautifully Imperfect [Joyce Meyer Devotional 23 February 2020]

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My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. — 1 John 2:1 (NKJV)

Much of the anguish over our flaws and weaknesses simply comes from trying to impress ourselves with our own perfection. We desperately want to feel good about ourselves, but we don’t realize we can feel good about ourselves even when we make mistakes, especially when we are sorry for them and we want to improve.

God sees your heart! He is more interested in you than in your performance.

If you have children, you know you didn’t get angry with them if they fell down while trying to learn to walk, or if they spilled food while trying to learn to feed themselves. You comforted them, encouraged them, cleaned them up, and helped them along the way.

God is the same way with us. He is not angry about our imperfections, and He wants to help us. Receive God’s love and mercy, and enjoy your journey!

Prayer Starter: Father, thank You for Your patience with me, and for never giving up on me. Help me to receive Your forgiveness and grace, to be patient with myself when I make mistakes, and to live confidently in Your love for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

From Joyce Meyer’s Ministries.