How to Have a Healthy Self Image
You were created in the image of God. Yes, you, you and you. Created in His image. When He was finished He saw that what He had done was very good. We could stop right here with that single thought, but let's dig in a little more and really get that to sink into our hearts.
We look like God.
Wow. We were made in His likeness. We are a physical representation of Him.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness"...So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26-27
We were created for Him.
Yes, we were created for God. He is our purpose.
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. Colossians 1:15-16
We are continually learning and becoming more like Him in our character.
This is an ongoing every minute, hour and day process.
And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Colossians 3:10
And to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:24
Do you have a healthy self image?
So what about how we view ourselves after looking at these truths? What if our focus was different when we looked in the mirror? What if we think about the following verses when we're staring at our reflection? Or when we're looking at one another?
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is within you, whom you have [received as a gift from God, and that you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19
Don't let what the world says about image & appearance dictate your standards. Don't let what everyone else says about image paralyze you from being all that God has in mind for you. Train yourself to look past all of those distractions and be reminded that God created you on purpose, with a purpose. Not sure if I've heard that somewhere before, but it's true. Filter your thinking through those lenses. Allow yourself to thrive in grace.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17