Self-esteem reflects an individual's overall subjective emotional evaluation of their own worth. Growing up I felt like I didn’t fit in and measure up to society’s view of beauty. For a very long time, I based my worth according to their standards and I had low self esteem. When I gave my life to Christ, my perspective of myself began to change. I realized that God’s Word is the opposite of society’s standards. His Word says that I am fearfully and wonderfully made and that I’m made in His image. Society says that I have to look a certain way to be beautiful. When I started seeing myself the way God sees me, my attitude towards myself changed.
If I could go back in time, I’d tell the younger me how much God loves her. I’d tell her that she didn’t have to seek validity from others, God loves her just as she is and chose her before the world began. God is El Roi, the God who sees me. He not only sees me, but He loves me and chose me to be His. (Galatians 1:15- But then something happened! For even before I was born, God had chosen me to be His and called me—what kindness and grace—)
God could’ve chose anybody and He chose you. (Ephesians 1:4- Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.) Society wants people to live up to their standards of physical beauty and God looks at the condition of our souls. He accepts us as we are to mold us in His image. It’s not that He doesn’t love us in the condition we’re in, but when Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race and we were all doomed to death. (John 3:16- For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.) God wanted us to be the best version of ourselves that we could be, so He sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. Through His death, He’s made us right with God and allowed us to be His friend. The more we fellowship with God, the more we will become like Him.
You were bought with a price, Jesus knew what He was getting when He purchased you and still wanted you. He was thinking about you when He died on the cross and if you were the only person to accept Him as Lord and Savior, He still would’ve done it. He was seated in heavenly places, came to earth and put on flesh because He wanted you in heaven with Him. It’s impossible to understand His love for you, but it’s possible to be immersed in it daily. Rejoice knowing that He chose you in your mess and still wanted you.