Precious and Honored

Isaiah 43:4 — Since you are precious and honored in My sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life (NIV).

There is no good reason why a Christian should have poor self-esteem, and those who do have a low self-worth, have chosen to view themselves in that way. Pity parties are not godly. Beating yourself up repeatedly for mistakes and walking around guilt-ridden does not equate holiness. It’s foolishness, and it gives the devil glory.

This is not to say you won’t feel remorse when you make mistakes. You should feel bad when you mess up, but there’s a problem when you repeatedly swim in a pool of regret. Those who wallow in self-pity will eventually identify themselves according to their failures. This kind of behavior grieves the heart of God.

Low self-esteem results from a lack of understanding how God views us. If you struggle with your self-worth, look to the word of God. He makes His feelings about you very clear. He actually says in the above verse you are precious and honored in His sight. In other words, you are dear to Him, and He has great respect for you. If you were truly worthless, God would not place such a high value on your life.

David wrote that the Lord takes delight in His people (Psalm 149:4). You are a source of joy to Him; He finds pleasure in thinking about you. When He looks at you, He does not say, “Oh, here we go again. This guy can’t get anything right. I knew I shouldn’t have created a person like him.”

You may be struggling with your self-worth today. I want to encourage you not to feel sorry for yourself. If you do, you’re going to live a miserable life, and nobody is going to want to be around you. Search His word, and see yourself the way He does.

Psalm 147:11 — The Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love (NIV).

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