Written by Tim Wood
Someone said, “We should see ourselves the way that God sees us; no more and no less.” What a powerful statement. This would change self-esteem to God-esteem. Think of the joy and freedom we would have if we keep seeing ourselves the way God sees us.
So how does God see me?
God Sees You as His Beloved Child
You are not a stranger to God. You are not an orphan, even though you may sometimes feel alone. The heavenly Father loves you and sees you as one of his children.
“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18)
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” (Romans 8:17)
God Sees You as Forgiven
Many Christians stagger under a load of guilt and shame. In Christ, you stand forgiven and God sees you that way.
“You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.” (Psalm 86:5)
“God does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:10, 12)
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” (Eph. 1:4)
God is in the forgiving business! Our job is to see ourselves as forgiven.
God sees you as having a hope-filled future.
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” (Jeremiah 29:11)
“The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;” (Lamentations 3:25)
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)
Look at how God sees you and let that be your identity. Live knowing you’re a forgiven child of God with a bright future. It will change your perspective for the day and for your entire life.