An Accurate View of Yourself
This is the second in a series of articles on being beautiful. If you haven’t read the first one yet, you can access it here:
Last week we said there were three basic steps to achieving beauty from the inside out. Today we will talk about the first one:
An Accurate View of Yourself
In order to view yourself accurately, you have to see yourself through your Creator’s eyes. God made you beautiful, no matter what you look like. He created you for a specific purpose. I don’t know what your individual purpose is but as a part of the body of Christ, Jesus intends that you mature in your faith and become more like Jesus. He wants you to live your life to build up the body and to help it grow.
So, what does the Bible say about how we should view ourselves?
God loves you dearly! It is a pure, unconditional love that a Father has for His child.
Ephesians 2:4 “…But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us….”
Ephesians 3:14, 16, 18, 19 “…I bow my knee to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ… that He would grant [that] you… may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
Romans 8:35, 37-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” “Yet is all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
God adopted you as His child. You are a child of the King of Kings!
Galatians 4:4-6 “…God sent forth His Son… to redeem [us] …that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!””
You are a joint heir with Jesus!
Galatians 4:7 “Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
We were born into a family of other believers. We have many brothers and sisters. God wants us to live together in peace. We are to love one another.
Romans 12:17-18, 21 “Repay no one evil for evil. Hare regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
You are not to look on yourself as more important than any of your brothers or sisters.
Romans 12:10-13, 16 “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; given to hospitality.” “Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.”
Galatians 5:26 “Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”
You are not to look on yourself as less important. Some might like getting attention as a victim or feeling sorry for ourselves. God doesn’t want you to focus on yourself at all; whether higher or lower. He wants you to focus on showing love to one another.
Romans 15:2, 3, 5, 6 “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself….” “Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
You are not a judge.
Matthew 7:1-3, 5 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but not consider the plank in your own eye?” “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
Romans 14:13 “Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.”
Your Heavenly Father Adores You
This is the beginning of becoming beautiful on the inside. Know that you are a dearly love child of the King. As your heavenly Father, He adores you and wants the best for you! Being His child means Jesus is your brother and you are joint heirs!
No one in His kingdom is more important than another. We all have different functions within the body but we, as Christians, are all commanded to love one another and not judge. We are to live peaceably with one another if we can.
When you see yourself and your fellow believers through the eyes of Christ’s love, you are well on your way to achieving inner beauty.
What makes us truly beautiful comes from within. It comes from our heart.
Look for next week’s “Hello, Beautiful!” article, where we will be exploring the second step in achieving your inner beauty!
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