When we perform or create an art piece or play a sport, we want to hear: “You did well!” or “That looks awesome!” We want to know that someone important to us—a friend or family member—values what we have done, because that means they think highly of us.
While compliments like this are fleeting, we often seek and desire the affection and appreciation of others (this in itself is a good desire), but we can’t depend on these things for our identity and value. Then when we hear over and over, “You’re stupid,” it will have the same effect: we believe it.
And this will almost never happen so directly. For example, it could take the form of a dad who doesn’t show his daughter she is lovely—and out of this she develops self-destructive dating habits, seeking her identity in boys, when a relationship will never have the power to complete someone—only God can do that. The truth here is that God thinks she is lovely, and therefore she is!
Growing closer to God means knowing Him and knowing what He thinks about us. This is an opinion that is truer than all others and will always hold strong! Knowing the truth about ourselves will free us to do incredible things in Him!
Here are some more verses about God’s opinion of us:
When we hear things like “I am a bad son/daughter” or “I won’t amount to anything”—in our own heads, from ourselves or from others or from our spiritual enemies—we need to claim what is true! Remind yourself the things you know to be true of yourself in Christ. Say aloud (or in your head): “I am a child of God. I am cherished by Him and I have a future and a hope in Him” (or any of the truths from this list or last week’s!) We can fight the enemy with truth! And the more we claim these things, the more we will embody this role and become like Jesus!
Really good news.