It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.Galatians 5:1.
Right from birth, people start competing for recognition and acceptance. There is a constant need to be liked and that can develop into a poor self-image.
Some parents do not help their children cultivate self acceptance because they are always comparing them to other people. There are other times when parents neglect the feelings of some of their children in favor of other siblings. This can cause them to feel inferior to others and make them develop low self-esteem. This can also make them question everything about themselves and grow up not accepting themselves for who they are.
As Christians, we must understand that everything God made was perfect the way he made it. Yes, there are birth defects that may cause babies to be disfigured and sick but every soul that was created by God was made in perfection. It doesn’t matter what your body looks like because your outward appearance will never stay permanent. Even the most beautiful of faces will wrinkle and die as time goes on.
This metaphorically speaks to the fact that you get your strength and acceptance from your soul. A beautiful and strong soul does not allow anyone or anything to discourage them. They accept themselves for who they were created to be and they do not doubt themselves over what genetic constitution created their mortal bodies.
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.’’Psalm 139:14.
Your soul knows of your perfection because it has been in the presence of God. Your body knows not of any encounter with God that is why the body will cause you to doubt God’s work. God’s presence is felt in the souls of men because no one tells you that God exists.
In the same way, be convinced in your soul that you were made spotless by God. There is a reason the devil has no interest in your body but craves for your soul to be his. It’s because he knows how precious your soul is and how wonderful you are as a creation in the image of the Lord himself.
If the devil knows this, then you must know it too. Feel how precious and unique you are in your soul and never let anyone tell you any different. The things you can achieve are limitless because you were created by the creator of the entire universe in his image and likeness.
Fully accept yourself in the Lord and face this life with zero fears and doubts. Christ has set you free from all mental blocks and slavery. You are no longer under any yolk which means that you can claim your portion in the Lord for who he created you to be. This means your body can no longer limit you but only you can limit yourself.
6 steps to cultivate self acceptance
Only listen to God’s voice
Do not fear. I have redeemed you. I have summoned you. You are mine”.Isaiah 43:1.
If you ever feel like you are alone and do not belong, this is the message for you. God accepts you and it is only his voice that should matter to you. Your life is not ordinary because you belong to the Most High.
Do not ever feel like your life is not worth anything because that is simply not true. Your existence was planned, calculated, and perfectly executed by Him. That means that no matter where or how you find yourself, you are not an accident.
Your presence here is for a purpose. Look in the mirror every morning and say to yourself ‘I do not exist by chance.’ Carry this message in your heart and soul always and know that you bear the surname of God.
Do not accept any limits
Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?Job 11:7
The God who created your soul has no limitations so you must not limit yourself in this world. Do not doubt the heights to which you can reach because and exceed. When something or someone tries to put you down, remember that your source is God and if He has no limitations, then you don’t either.
Accept yourself as an heir of God and know that you are capable of exceeding all expectations you have set yourself. Do not be put in a box. This habit will help you break bounds and help you discover your own ability.
Every obstacle you overcome will teach you more about yourself than any other thing can. The heights you overcome will tell you how high you can jump and cause you to accept your strong identity.
Count your blessings
Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.Psalm 103:1-2.
Your soul has already encountered God as we have learned earlier. It is therefore important to never forget the blessing you have enjoyed from God. Jot them down one by one if you have to. That’s how you will always know He has always been with you and will never desert you.
Your soul will always remind you of just how precious and unique you are. Your blessings will let you know God is always in your life because you are very important to him.
As a usual benefactor of his love and blessing, it is impossible for you to feel worthless. This should make you overjoyed each day just to exist. His constant favor and grace on you mean you are a precious creation. Knowing this, nothing should be able to cause you to doubt your worth.
Discover God’s special purpose for you
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.
There is a special purpose for your existence. Do not ever think that you were created by accident. Find your special purpose and know your uniqueness. There is a reason why there is only one of you on this earth.
There is a job God has purposed for just you to bring his people closer together and closer to him. He shows you signs of this purpose every day, you just need to open your ears and eyes and notice it. God is always speaking to you so he can use you to bring his creation back to himself. He wants to use it to answer the prayers of his children who are in toil and anguish.
Sometimes you may begin a project with a certain specific outcome in mind but on the way, you discover something else more beneficial completely by accident. How many times have you heard successful people say ‘I wasn’t even looking for this when I discovered it?’ That is how God leads you to discover His purpose for you. Once you discover this purpose, you will understand how unique and special you truly are.
Do not be moved by what you hear
I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.Psalm 16:8.
Know in your heart that God is leading you and fix your eyes on Him. When you know your destination, you will not be shaken by what you see or hear because you know you are on the right path. God is your stronghold and the author and finisher of your faith.
Only He knows where your future lies and He will never lead you astray. Do not listen to voices that claim to know your future because they feel they have seen it all before.
God is doing new things every day in your life so do not change how you see him or feel about yourself because of what you see or hear. When you are convinced of the path he has shown you, you will always accept yourself for what you are. Do not be swayed by the happenings around you but stay focused on the path God has set you on.
Understand the beauty of your soul
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?Mark 8:36.
In this Verse, you understand that the whole world is not even worth one soul. That should tell you how beautiful and wonderful your soul is. Your soul is your identity given to you by God’s own spirit. That means that your soul will transcend the boundaries of this earth and continue to exist beyond this life.
You must celebrate your uniqueness always and never be perturbed or swayed by any deceitful words. Live every day knowing that what is in you is greater than what is, what was and what will be in the world in the future. When you know this great truth, it will be easier to accept yourself in the Lord and live your life to please only him and no one else.