If I had a nickel for every mean comment someone said to me regarding my looks, personality or unpopularity, I’d have quite a pile of nickels. And that’s OK, I bet we all have a pile of nickels don’t we? Because there are many, many people who think little about the words that come out of their mouths. While they seem to go merrily on their way, what they don’t understand is that we live with the consequences. We hear those words replayed in our heads during moments of weakness and times of sadness. We look in the mirror and feel the pain that doesn’t seem to go away. And as many times as you think about it, the feelings still remain.
But I have some GOOD NEWS for you. Are you ready for it? … Every word that cuts you down is ONLY worth something IF you believe it. They have no power over you when you realize they are ALL UNTRUE.
So here is the truth:
You are created in the image of God, and while people may tell us we are full of flaws, GOD makes NO mistakes. He made no mistake with you and no mistake with me. You are PERFECT to God. You are beautiful, smart, capable, fun and unique. When did everyone start wanting to be like everyone else anyway? That’s no fun! God loves diversity. That’s why no one is the same as anyone else! God made you special, don’t conform to ANYONE’s image of perfect. You are already COMPLETELY ACCEPTED in Jesus’ eyes. Even better, when you claim Jesus as Savior you are COMPLETELY FORGIVEN in His eyes as well.
Why is the world so concerned with what we are doing or wearing or thinking or hanging out with? Well, I guess it always has been… Something important I have found out along the way is that people who criticize often mask a lot of pain. We shouldn’t be so harsh with one another even so called “enemies,” because we don’t know the battles each other faces. We can only see the outward appearance of things and that can only tell you so much.
When God looks at you He doesn’t see your “flaws,” He sees your heart.
1 Samuel 16:7
“7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
And as it goes with people who are trying to tear us down, the Bible tells us we are to make every effort to live at peace with everyone as far as we have control. Revenge is not ours. God will make right all the wrongs in the world so we are free to live at peace…. Peace with ourselves, peace with others and peace with God.
“18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”
Don’t look in the mirror and see all the things you don’t have, but look to your heart and ponder the things that really matter… kindness, gentleness, patience, love. These are the things you should value the most. The right people will value them in you too. In the mean time pray for those who are hurting you; they might need more help than you think.
43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!”