Weightloss: Learning to Love Yourself and See Yourself as God Does.
Posted on November 11, 2006 | By allen
Here is some scripture to ponder.
6 For while we were yet weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man. Yet perhaps for a righteous person someone would even dare to die.
8 But God commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we will be saved from God’s wrath through him.
10 For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we will be saved by his life.
Try your best to grasp this fact: The Creator of the Cosmos – everything that is, ever was, and ever will be – loves you to death. And His love is unconditional. He knows you overeat when you are anxious, depressed, or just bored.
Are you weak, unable to stop binging? Christ died that this weakness will not separate you from the love of our Heavenly Father.
Do you feel you are a sinner? A glutton? A sinless Jesus died that our sins would not separate us from a Righteous God.
You look in the mirror and you don’t like what you see. You see the result of the many times you have tried to bring your weight under control and failed. Jesus’s death on the cross justifies us before God. God is no longer condemning you for your condition, your sins, your lack of control, and your rebellion. Jesus’s death means you can stand boldly before the Throne of Grace as an object of God’s love and a testimony to His Grace.
Now let’s move on. Jesus’s death accomplished so much but His life accomplishes much, much more. Our salvation, our deliverance is an on-going phenomenom. When we try and fail Jesus intercedes for us before the Father. When we don’t try and indulge in our appetites for a season, Christ intercedes for us. When we despair and become sorrowful to the point of tears because we can’t defeat this thing, Jesus’s face is before God on our behalf.
22 By so much has Jesus become the collateral of a better covenant.
23 Many, indeed, have been made priests, because they are hindered from continuing by death.
24 But he, because he lives forever, has his priesthood unchangeable.
25 Therefore he is also able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them.
Because of the blood of Christ, God looks at you and sees the lovely son or daughter He caused to come into being. He does not see you as a sinner, a wicked person, a fatty, a pig, a glutton, (insert the negative term for yourself that has hurt you the most).
Through the Spirit, God wants to work in you to grow into a complete child of God. The closer you move to this end, the less over-eating will be an issue. The flesh will be brought under control. The pounds and inches will melt away, but weightloss will no longer be the focus of your life. You will one day grasp what it means to be conformed to the image of Christ. Walking in the Spirit will be as natural to you as walking down the street. You will be a blessing to others. You will comfort and encourage those who are going through what you went through. (II Corinthians 1:4)
Try to see yourself as a cherished, treasured, valuable, and loved child of God. You might have trouble with this now. Put some effort into to this thing. If you have to, fantasize. Try to picture in your mind, Father God smiling: A big Holy Grin on His Face. What is He smiling at? Picture yourself as the the person He is looking at. Is He looking at the fat you or the thin you? Try to picture this scene both ways.
Try this. More on this later