Do you feel overwhelmed by other people’s judgment? Like you’re always the one who gets blamed for everyone’s mistakes? Like everyone expects you to anticipate their every little need and resents you when you can’t live up to their impossible expectations?
Maybe you feel like you constantly let your family down. Perhaps coworkers talk about you behind your back. People you thought were your friends remind you in a thousand tiny looks, comments, and gestures: you’re just not good enough.
You feel like all you do is take on everyone else’s feelings—like a doormat where everyone wipes their frustrations and moves on. You might wonder, Will I ever actually feel good enough? Will they ever actually be pleased with me?
God thinks you’re good enough. The Bible says that God loves you no matter what (Ephesians 3:17-19). You don’t have to do anything to deserve God’s love (2 Corinthians 3:5). And you don’t have to worry that God will judge you unfairly (Ephesians 2:8).
In God’s Word, Jesus says that he wants to take your pain and anxiety—and trade them for peace. When you’re overwhelmed by the judgments of others, he offers you a safe space where you won’t be harshly judged.
But don’t take my word for it. Discover God’s love and promises for yourself in these 4 verses:
Your prayers are powerful. Try setting aside time to write your worries and requests in a prayer journal during the morning. Then try to leave those worries in your journal until the next morning.
Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:6-7
God wants to listen to your troubles.
Leave your troubles with the Lord,
and he will defend you;
he never lets honest people be defeated. — Psalm 55:22
You don’t have to carry your burdens on your own.
Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest. For the yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light. — Matthew 11:28-30
People might still unfairly blame and judge you, but you can hold onto Jesus’s promise of peace.
Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid. — John 14:27
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