7 Affirming Bible Verses For Those Struggling With Self-Image

7 Affirming Bible Verses For Those Struggling With Self-Image

You are beautifully and wonderfully made in the image of God, and it's time to start viewing yourself that way.

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It can be hard to love ourselves when we start to focus on every little flaw that we have on our bodies, especially given the prevalence of social media in our society. We see bikini pictures on Instagram and gym selfies on Snapchat and compare ourselves to others' bodies, which can make it hard to find beauty in our own. It's important to remember in these moments lacking self-love that God made us in His image, and He loves us so much!

Let these Bible verses help you remember His goodness and trust in it during times of self-doubt.

1. "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

First and foremost, God wants you to be happy. He loves you SO much, and he wants to help you when you need Him. Be open with God when you feel self-conscious and entrust in Him all of your worries; He will lift you up and help you when you are struggling to see your worth.

2. "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." Genesis 1:27

From the very beginning of time, God destined you to be beautifully made in His own divine image. If we see ourselves as God does — His child, made in His own image — then how could we ever look lowly on ourselves? You are part of His most divine creation, and you should look at yourself as such.

3. "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well." Psalms 139: 13-14

God knew you and loved you before any thought of you even existed on Earth. He crafted you exactly how He wanted you, in His image and by His divine hand. God doesn't make any mistakes, and all of His creations are good. Just as you find beauty in God's creations in nature, you should honor and praise the beauty of God's creation found in yourself, too.

4. "But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. 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

While God did create you perfectly in His image, He was not solely looking extrinsically at your body. You are beautiful on the outside, but to live your life as God intends, you should look more to the beauty and kindness of your soul rather than your outward appearance. How you look on the outside pales in comparison to God's will and the great plans He has for you.

5. "Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?" 1 Corinthians 3:16

It's important to recognize in moments of self-doubt that God is within you. Your body is beautiful because it was made by Him, and He dwells within it. You should view your body as a sacred temple because it houses the Lord.

6. "And those whom he predestined He also called, and those whom He called He also justified, and those whom He justified He also glorified." Romans 8:30

God chose you for a specific purpose, calling you by name. You are glorious because you have been handpicked by Him, with His plan in mind. Your being should be praised and adorned, not looked at as anything less than a glorious creation of the Lord.

7. "'Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine... Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you,'" Isaiah 43:1,4

In these verses, God is telling you just how much He loves you and cares for you. Despite your "flaws" and imperfections, you are precious in God's eyes. God chose you specifically to walk the Earth and spread His message, and you should never doubt His plan or creations. You are His, made perfectly and purposefully.

Although it may be hard in times when you are lacking self-love, try to remember that you are a child of God, made in His image. Detach yourself from the worldly standards of beauty and instead look to your Creator who designed you flawlessly. If you listen to His word, you will be able to see yourself as beautifully and wonderfully made, with a specific purpose and plan in mind, just as He wants you to.

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God's Letter To The Struggling College Christian

Don't give up on me because I haven't given up on you
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Dear Struggling College Christian,

Life can be tough, especially in college; you're at that age where you're not exactly an adult but also no longer a child.

You're somewhere in between, possessing just enough freedom to do what you want while still being held responsible for the decisions you make about your future. You're always stressed out. You're going to get hurt, you're going to feel like dropping out or changing your mind, and you're even going to want to turn your back on me, your God, but I want to tell you this: your suffering is not in vain.

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I want you to know that everything you are going through is a lesson. It's all building you into a better person, a better you. The things you've asked of me, the things you've told me you wanted – those are things you have to be prepared for and you still need a bit of tweaking.

The future, though bright, isn't all sunshine and roses.

The path has twists and turns, cracks are in it, fallen logs in your way, and most of the time you're not going to be able to see straight ahead of you. The weather is going to be unpredictable. The hailstorm is going to knock you off your feet and the twisters are going to send you spinning into confusion, exhaustion, and doubt.

But with the strength that I am trying to build up in you, you'll find that you know exactly where to find shelter when the storms break down your door.

You'll find that the lessons you learn from trying times are exactly what you need to fulfill my plans for you. You've read Jeremiah 29:11 and Romans 8:28 hundreds of times, but there is a verse in the Bible that you may have never paid attention to.

Ephesians 2:10. It reads: “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."

The most important part of this verse is one simple word: beforehand. So while you're crying and stressing about what job you're going to land after you graduate, if you're going to marry that person you've been with for years, or if you even want to be majoring in what you're currently majoring in, I already have a plan laid out specifically for you. You are my child, my creation and you have a purpose.

However, while knowing these things is great, it is all pointless if you don't do. So here's what I want you to do: do not give up. Have faith in me. You believe in me, so why not believe in me in your darkest moments? That's the reason you became a Christian, right?

Because I'm the one person you know that won't forsake you. You know that I love you, and you know that I'm here for you, so prove it. I know it can be hard when you're pulled in a lot of different directions by your social life, your academic life and your extracurricular activities not to mention your family life and your own personal sanity, but take a few minutes out of your day, every day, to talk to me.

Tell me your fears and your desires. Remember that you can ask me for and about anything. I'm always going to give you an answer, whether it's a yes, no, or not right now. After that, I want you to stop worrying and fight on through the darkness. You are stronger than you think.

My Child, enjoy yourself while you are young: don't stress over the things that you can't see. Don't give in to the depression, the anxiety, or the stress; things that are not of me. Don't let yourself forget about me or believe that I'm not there when I am and know that my plan is set in place for you.

All you have to do is walk in it. Trust that this is all for your good. But most importantly, remember that I love you unconditionally–at your worst and your best. Life can be tough, but you are tougher simply because you are mine.

I've got you,

God

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This Bethel Album Will Lead You Into Worship

This album certainly does lead you into worshipful posture of praising the Father intentionally, holding nothing back.

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Psalm 98:4 reads, "Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!" The new Bethel album, "Victory" declares a joyful noise towards God's name. I have found myself repeatedly coming back to this album, and specific songs since its release. I hope my recommendations entice you to enjoy it as much as I do!

1. Raise A Hallelujah 

What a joyful declaration to begin the album with! I was already a fan of this song, and I am over the moon because it brings such praise to our Father. "I'm gonna sing in the middle of the storm, louder and louder, you're gonna hear my praises roar". This song reminds we are not alone in the storm, nor should we feel defeated. I had someone once share with me, "whatever is over our head is already under Jesus' feet", and that is the reason to rejoice in the hardest and darkest moments!

2. Goodness Of God

He is so good, isn't he? Why not sing about it! "Goodness of God" is one of my favorites off the album, one of the ones I listen to each morning as prepare for the day.

3. Ain't No Grave

Molly Skaggs, daughter of country star Ricky Skaggs, declares deliverance from the grave, and reminds that "there ain't no grave gonna hold my body down", because of Jesus' sacrifice for all! Her voice is perfect for this song, tuned along with the melody of the Bethel performers.

4. Stand In Your Love

"My fear doesn't stand a chance when I stand in your love". AMEN! This is such a catchy song, and that's not a bad thing! It's such a good reminder that we don't need to live in unhealthy fear. Such an uplifting song, and definitely worth a listen!

5. Victory Is Yours

Our God is all powerful, and is deserving of our daily praise. His very breath is breathed into our lungs, each time we inhale and exhale. How marvelous is that?

6. There Is A Name

I feel this song is a truth, in that, in our daily lives, Jesus should be at our core. Busyness seems to prioritize our days when He should be who we revolve around. In college, I find it can be difficult to be vocal with my faith, and I imagine in a corporate job environment, it can be the same. But with Him at our center, it should be easier to get out of our comfort zones and obey what He asks of us. Like in the song, "His power can't be questioned or contained".

7. Promises Never Fail

"I am standing on every promise that You make, I will see it come to pass in Your name, Oh Jesus, I will trust every word I hear You say I will see it come to pass in Your name." Such a good reminder that God's promises will never fail. Whatever he promises will come to pass.

8. Praise Is The Highway

Praise can be shown many different ways, but one of the most common is through song. Praise leads us to comfort of lifting our voices to Jesus, in the calm and in the storm. Praise unifies us with others, as we sing to the Lord in our congregations. I really feel tuned in when I listen to this song, with my heart resting in worship.

9. Drenched In Love

Probably one of the best from this album. I just can't stop listening to this song! It leads you into joyful worship. You can't help but smile and sing along!

10. Every Crown

This is one of my absolute favorites off this album. I find myself singing it to myself while working because it stays in my head. Every time I hear it, I feel drawn to my knees. I envision nations carrying crowns they've all made or acquired, climbing a seemingly endless staircase, to then place at the very feet of Jesus in an exalting posture. It's such a beautiful picture, and I can't wait to one day do just that!

11. How Great A King

"Yours is the victory" – Amen! How great He is! All I can do is quote this one, because it speaks for itself.. "For all you are, and all you've done, we lift you up". This is another one that leads you straight into worship and adoration of the King's sacrifice for us. "Oh, what a price You paid, trading the highest place, laid down Your crown for me, how great a King".

12. Christ Is Risen

Leading you with a worship-filled spirit, this piece builds the anticipation, through the instrument beats, of our returning King. I can't help but revisit lyrics, "oh death, where is your sting?" How exciting!

13. Living Hope

I first heard this song performed by Phil Wickham, and fell in love with it. Everything about this song is worshipful. Such a lovely melody and perfect lyrics. Can I just declare, "Jesus Christ, my living hope"! Yes and Amen!!

14. Endless Alleluia

Such a great reminder that every thought and action should be filled with an "endless alleluia". So often we carry our lives and go about our own business, not allowing God to move in the daily part, when it should be quite the contrary. Our lives should be living out an "endless alleluia".

This album certainly does lead you into a worshipful posture of praising the Father intentionally, holding nothing back. Every time I hear some of these songs, I can't help but "raise a Hallelujah". I'm thankful for the freedom I have to worship Him openly. The gift of worship, in any form, is such a gift, that we should not neglect.

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