Valuing Your Unique Identity in Christ
Your identity is in Christ. If you know him as your Lord and Savior, then you know that you are: chosen, approved, accepted, and loved. This is your God-given, rightful identity. But God also created each of us unique. Are you an introvert or extrovert? Do you think through your thoughts and feelings or talk through them? How do you respond in a crisis? In a unique way. This too, is part of your identity. God made you on purpose for a purpose. As you explore your distinctness through the Myers-Brigg Personality Assessment or the Enneagram, remember that loving who you are while being all you can be starts with an understanding of your individuality.
God designed you in such a way that through your one-of-a-kind style of personhood, you will reflect him to the world around you. This means that as you grow in the fruits of the spirit you will demonstrate his lovingkindness in a way that makes sense with your particular personality.
Kindness is kindness, but acts of kindness will be interpreted through our personalities. Will you sit with someone in their sorrow or will you bring them a week’s worth of groceries? Both are acts of kindness and one is not better than the other.
Your inclination and God’s refinement work together. Love yourself well by surrendering and submitting to what God wants to do in your life. Know yourself so you can discern the messages you hear.
Self-Acceptance Is Knowing God Loves You, Not an Excuse
Self-acceptance is a hot topic right now. And since our flesh and our spirit battle within us for supremacy, we need to address self-acceptance within the framework of God’s word. He longs for us to come to him as we are.
“Just as I am, without one plea” indicates that we know our guilty state, and it’s only by God’s son, Jesus, that we receive acquittal. Self-acceptance doesn’t mean that we make excuses for our sin, it means that we accept ourselves—the good, the bad, and the ugly—because God does.
Self-acceptance doesn’t mean we celebrate our struggles with sin, it means that we understand that sanctification is a process, and that we don’t arrive wholly sanctified overnight. So let’s stop condemning ourselves and start looking at ourselves through God’s eyes.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. – Philippians 4:11
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