You do not have to continue hurting yourself.

 He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.

Saint Augustine

I have done many things I have regretted doing. I have misrepresented God financially, in relationships, being prideful, being disrespectful, being unforgiving, in my attitude(s) etc. I have been very slow to want to stop hurting myself. . 

One of the reasons I have struggled in life is because I have been slow to turn back from  what I needed to turn back from. 

You can be hurting yourself and not even be aware you are hurting yourself.  . Anything that misrepresents God hurts you.  It is more important to take action to remove what is hurting you than it is to take action on just about anything else.


There is not a lot of point in continuing to hurt yourself if you do not have to.   Continuing to hurt yourself does not help anyone. 

Turning away from what has been hurting you helps you no longer hurt yourself. 

If you have hurt yourself, God does not want to condemn you. He wants to help you turn back to no longer hurting yourself.   It is not to late to be all you were made to be. 

1 John 3:23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.

He wants to help you to turn back to wanting nothing more than you want Him, to the same extent He wants nothing more than He wants you. 

2 Chronicles 30:9 If you return to the Lord, then your fellow Israelites and your children will be shown compassion by their captors and will return to this land, for the Lord your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him.”

Jeremiah 3:22 “Return, faithless people; I will cure you of backsliding.” “Yes, we will come to you, for you are the Lord our God.

Jeremiah 24:7 I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.

Hosea 3:5 Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lordtheir God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.

Hosea 12:6 But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.

Joel 2:13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.

Revelation 3:19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.


2 Timothy 2:25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 

2 Corinthians 7:10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

Romans 2:4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

Luke 15:7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. 

1 Kings 8:47 and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captors and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly’; 

2 Chronicles 6:37 and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong and acted wickedly’;

2 Chronicles 32:36 Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the Lord’s wrath did not come on them during the days of Hezekiah.

Proverbs 1:23 Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.

Job 36:10 He makes them listen to correction and commands them to repent of their evil.