The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17
When someone hurts my feelings, love and forgiveness are not my first emotions. Usually, I first experience some level of shock. Then, my heart feels like it’s been ripped open. That pain is typically followed by a righteous indignation that fires me up to fight back and “right the wrong.” Unfortunately, I’ve discovered that there are times when no amount of “right” can wash away a spiteful, hurtful “wrong”.
During elementary school, when my youngest daughter was only eight years old, two of her classmates cornered her and told her she had a “fat butt”. Six years later, she asks me if her butt looks fat as she tries on jean shorts in a dressing room.
During a recent visit to the doctor’s office, I heard the nurse record my eighteen-year- old daughter’s height and weight. Her numbers identically matched mine in high school. Wait a minute! I stared at her body head to toe. She looked absolutely beautiful and healthy. But when I was her age, I’d have told you I was fat.
Sometimes we lie to ourselves. Sometimes others trash-talk about us. Regardless where the lies come from, they sting, scar, and stay with us for way too long. It’s time to tear them down and replace them with God’s truth.
In Zephaniah 3:17, God promises you five priceless truths about yourself. The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.
God’s presence is with you always. He sees and knows everything about you.
God is powerful to save you from the lies you’ve believed about yourself.
God delights in you. You are precious in His sight.
God’s love quiets the lies and replaces them with truths.
God joyfully sings over you with praise because you are beloved child.
Our identities come from how we see ourselves. Do you need to switch the lens from how you see yourself to how God sees you? When you do, scars will begin to fade and wrongs become right.
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