Further Thoughts on Approval Addiction from readers

Please watch this beautiful video about the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment.  Show it to your children and talk to them about how awesome Jesus is.  Truly embrace the message of His love, and the woman’s faith, despite the judgment and hopelessness of her situation.  I love children’s videos, they speak to our hearts without all the intellectualizing.  

After writing the post on Approval Addiction, I met with a beautiful young lady in her 20s who had just finished reading Approval Addiction by Joyce Meyer.  She shared that the book was a tool to help her understand relationships.  She also shared that…(I had to write it down it was so good!)

“Sometimes you have to open the wound to heal it.”

 He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3)

If we decide to open the wound and talk about it through counseling, the greatest healer is Jesus.  He heals the brokenhearted.  He is close to them.  He binds up our wounds with His Grace and love.

Another friend wrote to me and offered another great resource:

Wow.……I just spent time on a verse not too long ago speaking to this very thing…..

In 1 Corinthians 4:3 Paul says, “I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.  My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent.  It is the Lord who judges me.  Therefore, judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes…..  


(Below is a quote from the website link above, and book on Freedom of self-forgetfulness)

If we do care, then we find ourselves in court or on trial every day. The secret is That Paul only cares what Christ thinks, “It is the Lord who judges me” (4:4). And this is the brilliant part, in every religion your performance leads to a verdict, but in Christianity, the verdict leads to your performance.  Christ already went to trial, and he was declared guilty. Why did He do that? He did it in your place, as your substitute. Through faith, Jesus’ perfect performance is imputed to you. The moment you come to faith in Christ, God’s verdict on your life is “Well done, good and faithful servant.” The court is closed. Your performance in the Christian life is meant to flow from God’s verdict, not lead to it.




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