Do you struggle with your relationship with yourself?
One of the most important relationships is with yourself, yet it is one of the most challenging relationships to maintain.
Sometimes events from our past can make us struggle with self-love and acceptance. We believe that God is mad with us.
Jana grew up feeling unwanted and unloved. Her mom abandoned the family when she was in first grade. Her dad became an alcoholic, and after a couple of drinks, he would get enraged and call her ugly names, worthless, stupid, unwanted, and useless.
Perhaps you can relate. Maybe like Jana, you struggle to see yourself as God sees you. Perhaps you judge yourself harshly, don’t love yourself, compare yourself to others, and look to others to validate you. You are not alone.
Jesus knows how you feel because he’s been there. He knows the pain and agony of being abandoned and rejected. No one stood up for him when he faced the torture of the Cross. He was forsaken with no one to show him kindness.
But guess what, at that moment, His only thought was about you.
Jesus chose the pain, the shame, the abuse, the humiliation, the torture, and the mocking. He endured it all so that He could show you how much He loves you.
Instead of struggling to relate with yourself and coping in unhealthy ways, it’s crucial that you believe and receive God’s love for you. It is only then that you can genuinely love and appreciate yourself. Friend, God is on your side. He loves you!
11 Incredible Truths to Help You See Yourself as God Sees You
- You are His Beloved Child
When past wounds make it hard for you to believe who you are, remember, God sees you as his beloved child.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! – 1 John 3:1, NIV
- You are Secure in His arms
Neither your past, present, or future can ever prevent God from loving you. You are securely held.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. – John 10:29, NIV
- You are Precious to God
You don’t have to strive to win God’s favor or approval. You are precious to Him.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life. – Isaiah 43:4, NIV
- He Covers You with His Covenant of Peace
Whether you are hurting in your marriage, finances, the health of your children, or struggling with loneliness, God promises to cover you with his covenant of peace.
Though the mountains be shaken, and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you. – Isaiah 54:10, NIV
- You are Forgiven
No matter the sin or mistake you make, confess it, repent, and ask God’s forgiveness. He’s not angry or waiting to punish you. Instead, He longs to comfort you. God feels compassion for you, but you must accept his forgiveness.
The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and rich in love. – Psalm 145:8, NIV
- Your Heavenly Father Sees You
Jana’s dad overlooked her. Even if your earthly dad has ignored you, rest assured that your Heavenly Father loves you dearly! He’s never missed a moment of your life. He’ll always be there to support you.
“You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” – Genesis 16:13, NIV
- The Lord is Your Refuge
Whatever troubles life throws your way, you can rest because the Lord is your hiding place.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” – Psalm 9:9-10, NIV
- You are Engraved on His Palms
Picture this: when God opens his hands, your image is stamped in God’s palms! Thank You for engraving me on Your palms! What a comforting thought.
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. – Isaiah 49:16, NIV
- You are Never Overlooked
His earthly father overlooked David. Others may overlook or ignore you, but God remembers you. He sees you.
“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” – 1 Samuel 16:11-12, NIV
- Your Heavenly Father Sings Over You
Imagine for a moment your heavenly Father rocking you and singing “You Are My Sunshine” in a low tone because He delights in you. Keep this picture in your mind and let it comfort you in the middle of your storms.
The LORD, your God, is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love, he will no longer rebuke you but will rejoice over you with singing. — Zephaniah 3:17, NIV
- God Lifts You Up
There will always be bumps in the road of life regardless of whether you are old or young. Life’s bumps can knock us down and leave us feeling scared and alone. But God holds onto you and me in the scary and challenging moments of life.
The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. – Psalm 145:14, NIV
Friend, let’s meditate on these 11 Biblical Truths and choose to see ourselves as God sees us. No matter what you and I are facing, He is with us. He is in us, and He is for us. God is on your side.
Imagine the transformation that would happen if you and I see ourselves as God sees us… Absolute Freedom!
In what ways will you embrace the truth that God sees you and loves you?
This month, we have looked at our identity in Christ and the effect on our relationships. You can see the previous posts: Overcoming rejection in marriage, Dealing with a thorn in the flesh in marriage, and Moving from fear to peace.
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