Are You Having Self-image Problems?

Scripture
"But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation." Romans 5:8-9 NLT

Thoughts for Today
How do you see yourself?

We need to look at self-worth because we do not want to respond defensively to others and hurt them as we may have been hurt … and because God does not want us to walk around feeling we are worthless and of no value. After all, he stretched out his arms and died for us, so he has already demonstrated how valuable we are to him.

If we base our self-worth on anything other than what God says about us, we will never feel good enough to please him because we are not. But Jesus is! And in him, so are we. Instead of focusing on ourselves and our failures and hurts, we need to focus on God’s love for us … his promises to us … and who we are in Christ Jesus.

Consider this…
Jesus loved you and I enough even before we knew him to die on the cross for our sins. We are precious to him.

If you and I have asked Jesus to forgive our sins and have made him Lord of our life, you and I are clothed in his righteousness. God looks at us and sees you and I cleansed and forgiven. You and I are special and he has a good plan for our life.

If deep down in our hearts, you and I have not yet received Jesus, we can come to him right now. No matter what you and I have done. No matter what you and I think about ourselves–or what anyone else thinks about us. God’s love is more than enough. The power of the cross is more than enough. Say "yes" to Jesus and let him envelope you and I in his love and forgiveness.

Prayer…
Father, thank you for Jesus. Thank you for forgiving me–and not condemning me. Help me to stop looking at my own failures and hurts and focus on your love for me … and on who I am in Jesus. In His name I pray AMEN.

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