“You are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you” Songs of Solomon 4:7
With every coming of age, we become more and more self-aware. However, our awareness and perception of ourselves may not be accurate. Adam and Eve’s first awareness of themselves was shame. Genesis 3: 7 says that Adam and Eve realized that they were naked, they sewed fig leaves, probably because they were ashamed (the Bible had previously recorded that they were naked and not ashamed). Fast forward to Numbers 13: 33 and we see the spies sent out to assess the land of Canaan saying they were like grasshoppers in the sight of the Nephilin. This “revelation” discouraged most of the Israelites and caused them to grumble, up to the point that they annoyed God and he promised that all the men who grumbled wouldn’t make it into the Promised Land.
But why did God take it so personally though? The Bible says that God made us in His own image and likeness (Genesis 1:26). The Psalmist says that God knit us in our mothers’ wombs and that we are wonderfully and fearfully made (Psalm 139: 13-14). If you took time to make something absolutely stunning for someone and the person wouldn’t see the beauty in it, I bet we would be a tad bit frustrated. Regardless of how we feel we look, God thinks we are perfect and we are, because He created us and chiseled every detail to perfection.
When we become born-again Christians, it gets even better. Ephesians 2: 10 says God created us to do His good works. So we’re not just beautiful on the outside but also on the inside. When rejection wakes self-doubt in our hearts, we must always remember to turn to God and what He says about us in His word. God’s word reminds us that we are whole and should not ever doubt our awesomeness as God’s children.
The Bible is full of verses that reassure us that God didn’t make mistakes with us. Some of them are below. So when doubt and uncertainty creep up on you, remember to turn to these words:
- You are Light – “You are the light of the world – like a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden” Matthew 5: 14
- You are free – “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” John 8: 36
- You are God’s handiwork – “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2: 10
- You are perfect – “You are altogether beautiful my darling. There is no flaw in you” Songs of Solomon 4:7
- You are a Child of God – “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith” Galatians 3: 26
- You are precious – “She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her” Proverbs 3: 15
- You are chosen and ordained – “You did not choose me but I chose and and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” John 15: 16
- You are created for God’s glory – “They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor” Isaiah 61: 3
- God’s plans for you are mind-blowing – “However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him—“ 1 Corinthians 2: 9
- God is on your side – “God is for me who can be against me” Romans 8: 31
- You are royalty – “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2: 9