Whose opinion means far too much to you? Do you struggle with an unhealthy need to be praised? Are you devastated by even constructive criticism? How about pretending to be someone you are not because of the possibility of rejection or disappointment?

God offers freedom from these fears through his acceptance of your failures and shortcomings. He is gracious and loving. He knows you already and accepts you just the way you are. However, he will not leave you there. God challenges us through his word and by the Spirit to move towards the potential he has placed in each of us.

His word does not criticize us, but it does expose us for who we really are. The Spirit does not help us feel ok when there is sin in our lives, but guides us toward the righteousness of Christ. God promises to never reject or disappoint those who belong to him.