Yesterday was International Women’s Day–a day to celebrate the accomplishments and milestones of hardworking and inspiring women everywhere. Even though I am proud to be a woman of God and be honored with such a holiday, I can’t help but feel sad. So many girls and women struggle with the most basic of questions–am I beautiful?
Even though to some the question of beauty shouldn’t be an issue to what a woman can accomplish, let me tell you that it is a huge deal. If a woman does not feel like she is beautiful, or if she is not comfortable in her own skin, then she cannot fully step outside herself and love others with the selfless love of Christ.
And before y’all go crazy, this is Biblical:
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31 NKJV).
As we read these two verses, we nod our heads and agree that we should love God with everything in us. After all, He sent His one and only Son Jesus to die for our sins so we could be free! But then there’s the second greatest commandment, the only other one that we are responsible for trying to keep: love others as we love ourselves.
It’s amazing how astoundingly well the Bible knows us. No verse is in there by mistake–including this one. If we don’t really love ourselves, then we can’t love others. In fact, if we don’t love ourselves, then we can’t even love God (at least not to the fullest)!
If you’re reading this and are struggling with issues of poor body image or low self-esteem, I’m not writing this to attack you. I get it–I’ve been there. As a matter of fact, this is still a daily battle for me. And the reason I’m writing this is so you can see how important it is to finally start accepting and loving yourself for the fearfully and wonderfully made woman that you are (Psalm 139:14).
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:27 NJKV).
You are made in God’s image! In some way, you resemble God. Maybe it’s your skin, your hair, the way you walk, or your laugh. You are God’s child, and like any child, you resemble your Heavenly Father in some way. And what could be better than to resemble the God of the entire universe?
As a follower of Jesus Christ, you actually have God inside of you. Your body is a holy temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), and is sacred to the Lord. You are not just flesh and bone. You are not just a shell. You hold the powerful Holy Spirit inside of you.
Your body–no matter what shape, size, or color–is made to do the will of God. It is made to love, serve, live, and be loved. You were made to laugh and go on adventures. You were made to dance in the rain or kiss your true love under the stars. You were made to have pizza nights with friends and sing at the top of your lungs. You were made to live life to the fullest.
The most beautiful girl in the world is not the one who is the skinniest or who has a perfect complexion. The most beautiful girl is the one who knows how much God loves her. She walks with a spirit of grace, elegance, and confidence that nothing else can measure.
that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-19).
If you don’t realize how much God loves you, then I encourage you to look up these scriptures as well as the rest of the Gospel. If you don’t know Jesus as Lord and Savior, then please visit this page.
We really can’t even begin to comprehend how much God loves us. But the more we learn about His incredible love, the more it makes us love Him. And this love will radiate to everyone around us.
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