Beauty, Part IX – Letting God Define Us

The themes of identity and feeling OK about ourselves have often come up over this series. And how it is that defining ourselves by the beauty ideal of our culture does not equal acceptance and security, and a basic sense of significance as a person. So how do we experience those things? How can we be free from the damaging belief that we are not good enough?

If anyone is in relationship with Christ, the Bible says, they are a new creation 2 Corinthians 5:17. The Message version says it like this – “now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from God …”

It also says we are to “take off” our old self and “put on” our new self, which is being “renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator” Colossians 3:9-10. When we are in relationship with Jesus we are “new” women. That means we are free from the way our culture defines us because our identity now comes from the way God defines us.

If you can, take some time to let the truth of who you are in Christ soak in as defined by God Himself.

You are immeasurably loved with a love that passes understanding Ephesians 3:19

You are the apple of God’s eye Psalm 17:8

God rejoices over you with singing Zephaniah 3:17

You are redeemed and forgiven Colossians 1:14

You are free from condemnation Romans 8:1-2

You are the head and not the tail Deuteronomy 28:13

You are a conqueror because of Christ Romans 8:37

You are a friend of Jesus John 15:15

You belong to God and have been bought with a price 1 Corinthians 6:20

You are accepted Ephesians 1:6

You are assured that all things will work together for your good Romans 8:28

You have not been given a spirit of fear 2 Timothy 1:7

You are a precious child of the Most High God Romans 8:16

You are princess, a daughter of the KING of Kings Romans 8:16 + Rev 19:16

You are a citizen of heaven Philippians 3:20

You are complete in Christ Colossians 2:10

God has a good plan for your life Jeremiah 29:11

You are God’s workmanship Ephesians 2:10

You have been chosen by Jesus John 15:16

God takes delight in you Zephaniah 3:17

You are referred to as “special” 1 Peter 2:9

In Him you are above only, and not beneath Deuteronomy 28:13

You cannot be separated from God’s love Romans 8:35-39

If you have never known this before, you are a deeply loved by God.

In tomorrow’s post, the last in this series, I am going to tell the story about how a true encounter with this Love, with God, radically transformed my life and gave me freedom in this area of beauty and body image. The post is called, My Story

© Copyright 2007 Birgit Whelan

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~ by Birgit on August 18, 2007.

One Response to “Beauty, Part IX – Letting God Define Us”

  1. Now the truth in this second last chapter of the series forms the heart of our salvation, that God Himself loved us so much that He gave us a special place – we are now part of the Body of Christ described in 1 Kor 12. And why is it that Paul teach us this before He deals with Agape Love in the famous 1 Kor 13? We need to understand our identity in the Body to totally experience His Godly love…the savest place to be!
    Love,

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