It’s heartbreaking when I hear students say of themselves that they are stupid. I always tell them that they are not. They are not saying it because of something foolish and terrible they might have done. It is usually because of a simple mistake that they made. I have friends that also talk about themselves in negative ways. It feels right and normal to them. They don’t see themselves the way I see them. They definitely don’t see themselves the way God sees them. I understand how low self-esteem can put us in a pit of self-hate and shame. It’s a horrible place to be and it’s certainly not where God wants us to be. Do you think God enjoys it when we talk negatively about ourselves? Do you think He wants to join in on the negative rhetoric? We all make mistakes and we all come short in many areas. No one who has ever walked the earth is perfect except for Jesus. He doesn’t expect us to be perfect but we are made perfect through Him. By accepting Him we accepted the remission of our sins and forgiveness. We were all made in His image and He sees Himself in all of us. We are His creation and every time we talk badly about ourselves; we talk badly about the Lord’s creation. We criticize Him every time we do that. We are not showing Him respect. Think about that! Today I am here to encourage you to show respect to yourself because it proves that you are respecting God. Don’t put yourself down. Don’t underestimate who you are. Don’t be harsh on yourself. Every time you do, you are being hard on God!
You are highly loved by God. You are highly favored. The Lord adores you and cherishes you. If you are nowhere near accepting this truth, it’s time you started walking towards it. It’s time you took the necessary steps to finding out that God loves you. He gave His Son for you so you would have an abundant life and in this abundant life, love is dominant. Love should be dominating your life. Let the Lord in. Let Him show you how much He loves you. Draw near to Him and He will reveal Himself even more to you. When you get to know Him, you undoubtedly get to know love. God wants to love you but you must let Him in. Every time you discredit yourself or you use pejorative words to describe yourself you are not letting God in. You are telling Him that He made a mistake that can’t be fixed. We all sin like I said earlier but we have been forgiven and we are forgiven every time we ask for the Lord’s forgiveness. It’s important that we embrace His forgiveness and we embrace what He stands for. He stands for love. If we can’t believe we can be forgiven, it is difficult for us to forgive others. It is a vicious cycle that needs to be broken. Let’s love step into that cycle and reverse its harmful effects. Forgiveness is like a river that shouldn’t stop flowing and we need to let it come to us instead of putting dams of doubt that obstruct peace and love.
God sees you when He looks in the mirror because you were made in His image. He does see a broken reflection when we don’t live out our lives as His children. It’s that broken image that should be fixed and with the help of His Spirit we can get there. It will come as we respect ourselves more and we treat ourselves with love. We need to throw away all the tirades about how pathetic we are, how unworthy we are and how unlovable we are. All these ideas contradict God and don’t show Him respect. Every time someone puts you down and you absorb their insults, you open the door to the cave of self-depreciation and low self-esteem. It’s a door that is very hard to close so when you see it starting to open, shut it with your words. Don’t take what they say and marinate it. You will end up making a dirty sauce that will stain your life with negativity. Rebuke the abuse. Confess that you were made in God’s image. Thank the Lord for His love. Show that you respect His creation. Show that you respect yourself. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Enjoy God’s creation! Enjoy you!
Suggested reading: Psalm 139:14; Isaiah 46:9-10; Ephesians 1:11