August 2, 2013
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” - Proverbs 23:7
Our happiness in life depends a great deal on our attitudes. Our attitude towards our-self is probably the most important attitude of all because it has such a profound effect on our life. This attitude towards our-self is called our “SELF-IMAGE”. People who have a poor self-image usually have trouble getting along with others and they are generally unhappy. Our self-image also affects our attitude toward God. Those with a poor self-image tend to be bitter and resentful toward God. They find it hard to trust Him and believe in His love for them. God wants us to have a proper self-image. He wants us to think rightly about ourselves. So, lets look at who we are:
We are created by God, in His image. The Bible says, “I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made...” Man’s primary function is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. All of our natural characteristics and abilities come from God. Since this is true, there is no place for pride on our part. God is the creator of all men and He is not ashamed of His handiwork, and neither should we be. Accepting ourselves is based on trusting the love and wisdom of God. We can go through life with a poor self-image, feeling bitter and resentful about ourselves, or we can have a proper self-image by accepting ourselves and trusting God’s love and wisdom.
Even those things, which seem to be against us, can work together for our good if we trust God. Accepting ourselves as God made us sets us free. We don’t have to try to impress other people or struggle for recognition. We don’t have to try to be somebody great. We are what we are. We are loved and accepted by the One who created the universe.
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