As children, we naturally rely on adults to tell us who we are.
In the most ideal of environments, you’re told that you’re loved, that you’re special, that you’re capable and deserving of the best life has to offer. In the worst of circumstances, you’re told that you’re unloved and always will be, that you’re bad, unwanted, and deserving of nothing but pain and abuse.
But the thing is, no matter what you’re told, you believe it.
As adults, we know intellectually that the opinion of others does not define us. But the “truth” we’re told as kids is so ingrained in us, that no amount of common sense or will power is enough to let it go. That’s why it’s so essential to turn the truth of who you are over to God.
Our perceptions of ourselves are tainted — not only by sins inflicted on us by others, but by false guilt associated with these sins, as we blame ourselves for things that are no fault of ours and beyond our control. On the other hand, we tend to project the blame for our own sins onto others. It’s a slippery-slope existence, this human condition. Thank goodness for an all-knowing God.
If you don’t like who you are, or you doubt your worth, it is because you are not seeing the real you. God does, and He wants you to know it, as evidenced in Scripture.
God sees the truth.
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” ~1 John 1:8
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” ~Romans 3:23
God forgives you.
“If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” ~1 John 1:9
God loves you.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” ~John 3:16
God is your Father.
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” ~Ephesians 5:1-2
God is your Savior.
“Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.” ~Psalm 25:5