As born-again Christians we become part of the bride of Christ. We step into an unconditional love that cannot be separated from us through any human interaction or event.
The book Songs of Solomon is a representation of the love that Christ feels for His bride. There are specific verses that you need to take to heart in order to comprehend how He sees you. Contrary to what many of us think of ourselves – He thinks we are perfectly unique, without any glitch or flaw.
“[He exclaimed] O my love, how beautiful you are! There is no flaw in you!” Song of Songs 4:7
We are really wasting time when we complain about our flaws and shortcomings, because nothing we can say or do will ever change His mind about us. He is ever ready to believe the best of us (see post: The characteristics of Love).
“So that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word, That He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such things [that she might be holy and faultless].” Ephesians 5:26-27
We have already been washed clean and forever perfected through his sacrifice. We are now perfectly faultless and without spot or wrinkle. There is no flaw in us! If only we could always remember this…
“Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom 8:37-39
Many people struggle with self confidence issues, never realizing what they are worth. Their low self esteem is made worse by messages in the world that tell them their worth depends on their job title, how attractive they are or how much money they make. What a relief to realize that this world view is wrong! Our worth is not dependent on our own achievements – it is fully determined by the price someone is willing to pay for us.
This is where the truth needs to set you free. God decides your worth. He was willing to give up His only Son in order to purchase your freedom – a price that no human can ever comprehend. This is what you are worth. You are worth the life and blood of the perfect, blameless, innocent Son of God. I pray that you might realize the full meaning of this.
That is why Paul can confidently say that he is convinced, without a doubt, that NOTHING (death, life, angels, principalities, threats, powers, heights, depths or ANYTHING else) can separate us from the love of God. In this love lies our victory, our worth. You don’t ever have to feel you don’t measure up – your worth has already been settled without any input from your side! :-)
We serve a God who is intimately acquainted with our lives. God is not distant, leaving us to fend for ourselves. He knows every little detail about you. He understands every part of your life. He knows what you need, and He will provide for you in all aspect of life.
You are not worthless. Every single hair on your head is counted (Luke 12:7) – isn’t that incredible? Would you take the time to count every single hair on the head of something that you didn’t cherish? Jesus tells us in this same scripture that not one single sparrow is forgotten or uncared for in the presence of God. He goes on to say that we should therefore not fear anything – for we are worth so much more than sparrows (Luke 12:6-7). You are not forgotten or uncared for in the presence of God.
David also spoke about the weight of God’s thoughts toward us. He said that if we could count them, they would be more than all the sand on earth (Ps 139:18). Once again – think about your own life. Is it not true that you think most about the things that matter most to you?
“Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.” Ps 139:16
Never underestimate your importance to God. He is closer to you, and more in love with you than you can ever comprehend!
How many times do we look at ourselves and belittle who we are, what we look like or what we do? We have a disfigured perception of ourselves, and how amazing each of us were created. The mere fact that you are sitting there, breathing without realizing how many processes happen simultaneously, bears testimony to the excellence of our existence. We must never underestimate the miracle of our being! The Word tells us the following:
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them…” Gen 1:27
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Gen 1:31
Firstly – we are made in the image of God. There is nothing wrong with God, I can assure you! Secondly, God Himself has proclaimed you to be VERY GOOD. When the word ‘good’ is used to describe the physical attributes of something it means it is exceptional, favorable, first-class, pleasing, splendid, precious, superior and valuable. When the word ‘good’ is used to describe the moral attributes of something it means it is blameless, exemplary, innocent, righteous and worthy. There are many more words to explain the meaning of ‘good’ – but the above mentioned already makes me feel GREAT! Remember the one characteristic of God (because He IS love) from last night: He is always ready to believe the best of you (1 Cor 13:7). Now we can truly say:
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Ps 139:14