Eleven bible verses to help see yourself through God’s eyes
I was walking in the mall with my husband on a mission to find a new pair of jeans for myself. I had eventually found the perfect jeans that I had envisioned but when I tried them on, I was immediately disappointed. At one time, before children, these jeans would have looked stunning on me. But as I looked at myself, all I could see were my new “flaws” from having a baby that just piled up over my old “flaws”. All I could think was “will someone look at me and think I’m fat?”
I left the store that day with no jeans, a bad attitude, and wishing I looked like the girl in the next changing stall.
However, if I had been viewing myself through God’s eyes when I tried on those jeans I would probably be wearing them right now. In other words, had I been loving myself the way God loves me, I wouldn’t care if someone else thought I looked weird in those jeans.
Every now and then I can feel myself pick up on the world’s definition of what qualifies me as a worthy person: money, power, beauty, stuff and I catch myself wondering, “am I enough?” I know these things are worldly and can become a huge idol in a person’s life and yet there are times when I choose to ignore that because I want to be “accepted” by my peers and “accepted” by the world.
I will NEVER be fully accepted into the word’s standards so why do I put so much emphasis in it?
Somewhere, somehow, someone will not agree with your sense of fashion, they will disagree with the amount of power you actually have obtained, and they will certainly disagree on what they would qualify as beautiful. There will always be someone who disagrees.
This is why it’s a good idea to not put your hope and dreams of being accepted into a world that doesn’t accept. When we are constantly focused on being in the “in”crowd, we begin to lose ourselves in the constant struggle of being someone we were not created to be.
But here’s the cool thing, God loves us and cares for us despite all of our flaws and insecurities!
He loves every part of us because He made us just the way we are. Through God’s eyes, we are beautiful and wonderful. It’s hard to image that someone so powerful, so wonderful, could love us. But imagine this: When you first held your baby in your arms, what did you feel? That overwhelming love? That overwhelming joy? That overwhelming sense of your child being absolutely beautiful and perfect?
Now take that feeling and multiply it by an infinite number… THAT’S how much God loves YOU. It can’t even compare to the feeling of holding your own child for the first time!
That’s a lot of love.
No one can love us the way God loves us, it’s just not physically possible. So, why do we put so much emotion into the people who are going to waver in love and acceptance? Everyone is going to fail every now and then but God will never, ever fail us.
Our identity is found in Jesus. It’s not found in what we do on Earth, it’s not found in what our peers think of us. Our identity is in Jesus alone.
So what do we look like through God’s eyes?
I am saved by grace as a gift, not because of what I have done in the world
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.”
I have been rooted and established in God’s love
“so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
God gives us power and strength
You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary;
the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.
Praise be to God!
I was uniquely created in the womb; created by God’s own hands
“For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
Through God, I have a purpose
” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”
I am a child of light and not of darkness
“You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.”
1 Thessalonians 5:5
We are conquerors but we are also more than that through God’s love
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
God sees us all as equals
“…who shows no partiality to princes, nor regards the rich more than the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?”
God has given us a high value
“Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows”
God loves us so much that He gave his only son for OUR sins
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Through God’s eyes, we are seen as what we truly are… beautiful!
Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.
And never forget, YOU ARE ENOUGH. You are enough in God’s eyes and His eyes are the only ones that matter.