Yesterday I was struck with the simple fact that we place our worth and value on how the world perceives us. This thought stuck with me all day and made me contemplate how God views me verses how the world views me. I figured it would be important to actually put it into words and compare and contrast the two.
I think we forget the promises of God a lot quicker than we forget the hurt and betrayal we receive from our loved ones, friends, acquaintances, neighbors, and colleagues.
I’ve had the hurt of words stab my soul at the innermost part. I’ve had to deal with the pain and still have to deal with the pain words cause. The saying “words are sharper than any two edged sword” is beyond accurate and only those who have been inflicted with such pain (all of us) know how deeply our words kill.
In our household we call them ‘death words’ as they literally can kill a family and destroy the hope of true love. We jokingly say, “that was a put down, you owe me five put ups.” Unfortunately, this doesn’t take away the hurt our words cause, but it does stop to remind you how hurtful words can be and how finding positive things to say is not always easy. What a good reminder!
Words bring life or death and how do you want people to receive your words? If we aren’t out to kill one another, than we do we have to be so destructive to “make ourselves feel better?”
Who the World Says You Are:
You are worthless, prideful, and arrogant. You are fat and overweight. You are underweight. You are controlling, manipulative and weak. You will die someday, you are ugly and have too many flaws.
You are a low life, you are a burden to society and you are stupid. You will never accomplish anything in life. You are selfish; extremely narcissistic. You are a liar and a failure. You are mean, hurtful and not a good friend.
You are evil, only care about yourself and insignificant.
Who God Says You Are:
You are being remade, you are new, chosen, Holy, redeemed, blameless and loved! Blessed, faithful, a child of God, justified, no longer a slave to sin. You are not condemned. (Eph 1:7; Gal 4:7; 1 Cor 1:30; 2 Cor 5:21;
You are accepted by Christ; His friend. In Christ you have wisdom, righteousness and sanctification. Your body is a temple and the Holy Spirit dwells within you. God brings about triumphal knowledge in Him. You have Christ’s power and every spiritual blessing provided to you in the heavenly realms. (2 Cor 2:14; 2 Cor 5:17; 1 Cor 6:19; 1 Cor 1:2; Rom 8:1; Rom 15:7)
You are forgiven. God predestined you. You have been sealed with the Holy Spirit. He has seated us in the heavenly realms with Christ Jesus. You are Christ’s workmanship, created to do go out and produce good works. You have boldness and 100% access to Christ within you. (Eph 1:3; Eph 1:11; Eph 2:4-6; Eph 2:10; Eph 3:6)
You are made new, full of righteousness and called holy. God’s peace guards your heart and mind. You are a citizen of heaven. God supplies all your needs and has made you complete. (Col 2:10, Col 3: 4, 12; philp 3:20)
God loves you and chose you to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. (1 Thes 1:4)
This is how we need to treat one another. God calls us to “love our neighbor as ourselves!” What a contradictory to lay our lives down for each other but to treat one another just as we LOVE ourselves. We are so self-focused and that God even knew these things back in the very beginning. He clarifies in the Bible how to love our neighbors- as we love ourselves. Because He knew we are self driven and self focused that the only way we want to be loved is how we need to love others. This shows our depravity as humans that we need to take the love we have for ourselves and gift that to one another! So challenging but also kind of sick that we are that self involved.
Moment of Truth: Friends, God has so much in store for us but we must take our eyes off ourselves and others. Keep your eyes on the Lord and he WILL direct your path!