Constant criticism and verbal abuse are devastating for a child. It eats away with at their self worth and undermines their self confidence. He or she will grow up under-valuing or even hating themselves.
When I grew up, I continued speaking to myself with my parent’s words. I believed them, condemned myself for my mistakes, and “shoulded” on myself.
The Lord is a soul restorer. He wanted my future to be better than my past.
He gave me the words to Psalm 101,
“I will walk in my house with blameless heart.”
What do you think a person who has grown up with criticism and verbal abuse will think when they read that?
I pulled back from Him saying I couldn’t BE perfect, know matter how much I wanted to be. He made me look up what “blameless” means.
Blameless means to be without culpability, fault, guilt, incrimination. When I realised what God really wanted when He said “blameless” it set me free and gave me hope for the future. The story is told in Chapter 37 Blameless heart.
Have you been hurt by harsh words growing up? If you have had death spoken over you by a parent or authority figure, Christ wants to set you free.
I want you to know that in Christ there is no condemnation.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1
May you walk in your house with a heart free from blame.