One time when she was in high school, I had another girl's mother say to me, "Well, of course, your daughter has self-confidence, she is beautiful." I was so shocked by this statement because my daughter was not confident at all by her looks, yet she did possess self-confidence. I explained to my friend that my daughter's self-confidence had nothing to do with her looks. Her confidence came from a very deep understanding of who she was. She understood at a young age that she is a child of God. She is loved by God who paid the price of His son to have a relationship with her.
I guess one of my greatest parenting accomplishments is that both of my children know who they are in Christ!!
I'm reminded of this wonderful Christian concept of knowing who we are in Christ as I listen to the series of sermons that Pastor Mike has been preaching at Freedom Church - Hello My Name Is...
I've had so many "names" in my life- Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Widow, Friend, Teacher, Librarian, and the list goes on.
I am so thankful that the one label that can never be given to me is "Condemned."
1 John 3:19 says, "This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything."
So many people have things in their past that they can't let go of. It's hard to accept God's forgiveness when we can't forgive ourselves. We need to work towards seeing ourselves as God sees us. He sees us through the veil of Christ. Not forgiving myself after I have asked God for forgiveness does not go along with living an abundant life in Christ.
Please God, help us always remember who we are in your eyes through Christ!!
I've been encouraged by this series of sermons!!