There was a time in my life when I had the lowest self-esteem. From my hair to my weight, I couldn't stand my physical appearance. It pained me to look in the mirror and see what I thought were flaws. You see, I struggled with my weight ever since I was a child. I wouldn't call myself fat (I hate that word); I choose the word fluffy instead, but the words that the enemy used to define me was what I believed. Fat. Ugly. Not pretty enough. These are the words that comprised my identity. I believed them, and I paid homage to them as I recited a daily ode of self-hatred over my life.
But God. He wouldn't let me off the hook that easy. His Holy Spirit would convict me daily as I bashed His beautiful creation. He wouldn't let me forget my self-worth. He thought I was so worth loving that during my junior year in high school, He sat me down and reminded me of my beauty and worth. He said, "You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Every time you talk poorly about yourself, you bash my creation. How dare you do such a thing?" It was in that moment that I decided that no matter how the world defined and saw me, I was going to see and love myself the way that Christ saw me.
Do you see and love yourself the way that Christ does? I know that Valentine's Day can be a day that many of us loathe. Maybe you're not in a relationship and you thought you would be. Maybe the relationship you're in is not all that it's cracked up to be. Or maybe you lost the love you thought would remain.
Wherever you are, God loves you and He sees you. His love never fails. He loves you so much that He sacrificed His Son for you. He saw that you were worth creating and He believes that you were worth dying for. Will you accept His love? Will you accept His sacrifice? Will you see yourself the way that He sees you?
One of the best ways we can accept Christ's love is by learning how to see ourselves the way that He sees us. On this Valentines Day, I challenge you to learn your identity in Christ. I challenge you to discover how high, deep, and wide His love is for you. Then I want you to receive His grace to love yourself and others in the same way.
His perfect love for me is what served as a catalyst for my personal development journey, and it ultimately served as the foundation for this website. Yesterday on the blog, I shared more about my journey to self-love and confidence. If you're struggling in these areas, I would encourage you to give it a read and allow your heart to be open to God's healing & redeeming love.
Remember that His love & grace is sufficient for you day after day. Let that love sustain you this Valentine's Day.
Originally Found on FearfullyFashioned.com