Now we see a blurred image in a mirror. Then we will see very clearly. Now my knowledge is incomplete. Then I will have complete knowledge as God has complete knowledge of me.
–1 Corinthians 13:12 GW
Family and friends, schools and campuses, or clubs and churches are open grounds where individuals, both young and old, can sadly pick up distorted impressions about themselves. People’s opinions, unrealistic demands from others, or someone trying to mold you into someone you aren’t meant to be can disfigure your self-esteem and hinder your uniqueness.
To a degree, individuals who battle with negative self-image issues struggle to accept themselves and others. Their distorted views of themselves lead to self-rejection and negative behaviors. They may feel that they’re unlovable, that they have to prove themselves worthy, or that they never measure up to others in looks, job performance, church involvement, etc.
Regardless of what caused this fractured identity, a distorted mindset can be changed through a relationship with Christ, Bible study, and the works of the Holy Spirit within the individual. Adjusting your thinking to what God says about you in His Word is the beginning of pulling down the wrong thought patterns you’ve been accustomed to believing. When you realign your thoughts and believe what God’s Word says about you, you will start to think better about yourself in a godly, well-balanced way. In return, you will experience healthier, happier relationships with God and others.
- God, help me to peel away all negative thought patterns, so I can be set free to be the newly created me.
- Holy Spirit, help me to see myself as God would have me and not get caught up measuring my worth by the things of this world.
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