I’ve learned my worth comes from who God is not from who I am or what I do.
God is perfect and holy.
We sometimes attribute human characteristics to God such as conditional love, being easily angered, holding grudges, showing favoritism, or refusing to forgive. But while we resemble Him in many ways, He’s not like us. As Scripture states, “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
We’re hindered by pride, jealousy, selfishness, greed, and limited knowledge. Not God. He views all from a pure and holy perspective and knows the full truth about everyone. He sees the end from the beginning, and there’s no limit to His wisdom. Therefore, we can trust Him completely.
God created us in His image.
God stamped us with His likeness and called us good. Genesis records, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them… And God saw everything he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:26-27, 31). Our Creator treasures us.
Love is the essence of who God is, and all love comes from Him (1 John 4:8). When Paul defined love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8b, He was describing who God is, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” John the disciple wrote, “We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
God looks at the heart.
Our Father isn’t concerned about outward appearances. As humans, we judge by the external. We aren’t capable of seeing another’s hidden thoughts or hurts. The Lord told the Old Testament prophet, Samuel, “For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
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