There are a lot of voices that try to influence how we think about ourselves—the way we look, our talents, our potential, and even our identity. But those voices can be misleading.
The opinions of the world, the lies of the enemy, and even our own feelings don’t define us. The Bible teaches that our true worth and value are found in Christ.
It doesn’t matter what people think or say, or how many mistakes we make; we are valuable because God loves and accepts us completely. But if we’re going to walk with God, we need to be in agreement with Him, learning to think as He thinks.
The Right Way to Think About Yourself
The apostle Paul warned us not to think too highly of ourselves (see Romans 12:3), but he didn’t say we are to think “lowly” of ourselves. Think like this...
I like who God made me. He loves me, and I am special to Him. I have gifts and abilities that He has given me, and I am thankful for them. I also have weaknesses, but I trust God to show His strength in these areas. I have been made right with God through Jesus Christ. I can do nothing without Him, but I can do all things through Him. (See Psalm 139:14; Romans 8:39,12:6; Jeremiah 1:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21,12:9; Philippians 4:13.)
Don’t compare yourself with other people, thinking you need to be like them, or spend too much time thinking about your faults. Begin meditating on what God thinks about you and you’ll be a much happier person!
We may not love everything we do, because we all sin and make mistakes. But we can love the person God has created us to be, the one we are always in the process of becoming through Christ.
Adapted from Joyce’s resource THE MIND CONNECTION.