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Poor Self-Esteem—What does God say?

I spent so much of my life feeling unworthy. Through the years of my addiction, I had done many shameful things, and although I knew God had forgiven me, I couldn’t forgive myself.

Until I learned Scripture.

  • God tells us we have value because He created us. Who are we to question the value of what God created? He wove us together in our mother’s womb and chose all of our attributes. He knows we are sinners yet never said our worth comes from what we do. It comes from whose we are.
  • If I believe that I can’t forgive myself, then I am saying what Christ did on the Cross wasn’t enough to pardon my sins. I am elevating myself to such significance or such lack of significance that either way, I am valuing self over God. It’s not up to me to forgive myself. The only forgiveness that I need is HIS. I had to stop elevating my feelings to supersede what He has done and what He has said. I am forgiven…period.

I needed to remind myself daily that I am created in His image and my purpose is to do His will. The greatest and most worthy endeavor is to know Him and His Word more every day. I needed to see myself as specially created and given uniqueness by the Creator of the Universe; therefore, I have value and purpose.