“He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” -2 Samuel 22:20
Is it true that you and I are imperfect and sometimes selfish? That, by God’s definition, we are sinful? That we let people down? Yes.
We all recognize our weaknesses, our sinfulness. And sometimes that’s where we stop. But that’s not the whole truth!
I realized that one morning I read this amazing statement: “I will believe the truth about myself, no matter how beautiful it is.”*
Could it be that there are truths about you and me that are beautiful? Of course there are, but those are things that we often don’t allow ourselves to recognize. Think of how we handle criticism. We take it to heart, brood about it for days and vow never to be like that again
How do we handle praise? Sometimes we just brush it off. Our success was a fluke. If people really knew us, they wouldn’t think so highly of us. We’re not smart, wise, funny, or all that likable.
Why is it so hard to believe something positive about ourselves?
Listen to this: “You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” (Song of Solomon 4:7). True, this is a lover speaking to his bride, but it is also seen as God speaking to his beloved people. It’s OK for us to realize that God thinks we’re lovable and that, through Jesus, he sees us as flawless.
We are always aware of our failures in loving God and others. But we also need to hear the tender messages from our good and merciful God. Believe the truth about yourself even if it’s beautiful!
“God doesn’t love us because of our worth. We are of worth because God loves us.” – Martin Luther