Should we feel guilty when we overeat? Should we feel guilty for being overweight? How about for eating junk food, like chips and chocolate, that we know aren’t good for us?

I’m not sure a day has gone by that I haven’t had some sort of guilt in the realm of food or health. My first 30 years were so thick with it, I remember those years as if there is a dark blanket of guilt wrapped around the memories.

Logic would tell me guilt is part of the deal. Gluttony is a sin. Overeating is wrong. It’s unhealthy, it’s sinful. Done deal.

I’m not necessarily disagreeing with any of the above statements either. All I can say is, I spent 30 years of my life beating myself up over my eating, and it didn’t do one bit of good in healing me of my eating problems. None. It wasn’t until I started lovingly treating myself with compassion that my behavior changed. We must not downplay the sin, but we cannot downplay the grace either. Christ offers full and amazing forgiveness, and I needed to fully embrace it to stop the cycle in which I was caught.

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I know it seems weird. Beating ourselves up when we mess up seems much more normal. “Shame on you, self, for not doing better! Get your act together!” This seems like the way to whip ourselves into shape. Problem: it never works.

See the sin. See the Savior. This is the only way.

This way is weird to our human minds because we are just sure we have to fix this ourselves. We got ourselves into it and surely we have to get ourselves out of it, right?

Not in God’s economy.

How does guilt play into your weirdly faithful fitness?

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