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Our Self-Image: Seeing Ourselves As God Sees Us
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Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Each person is different: different personality, different abilities, different looks, different ways about them, unique in every way. It is important to understand that each one of us is God’s handiwork. And he cares for each one of us individually. He took time to design us just as we are, and that is something that we can be proud of.
Psalm 30:18 tells us “God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.”
God made each of us to have a relationship with Him. A personal, warm relationship. And in order to have a relationship with God, because He is perfect and holy, he provided the means – his death on the cross for us.
When we ask Jesus in our heart, he promises to begin a work in us that he will continue until we see Him face to face. Philippians 1:6 tells us “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
A right self-image is an important of our relationship with God, and as people it is important to see ourselves as God sees us. He is proud of us, his handiwork and wants the best for us. God did not cut corners in creating who each one of us are. Instead, he took time to even number the hairs on our head, and even gives us individual fingerprints. How cool is that?
Never let anyone tell you that you are not special to God. Never develop a view of self-loathing. Instead realize who you are to God. And any shortcoming you may feel you have, any ‘imperfection’, just remember, Jesus died for that too. Why? Because you are his, and you are his special work to him.
One of the best things a person can do is get a modern translation of the Bible and begin reading it. Start in the Gospel of John, then hit Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. Begin to think of yourself from God’s viewpoint, not yours or the world’s. Jesus loves you too much for you to think wrongly of yourself. Afterall, he though so much about you, that he died on the cross just to have a relationship with you…. Just you.