Christ-Centered Self Worth and Our Identity
Many of us struggle with having an accurate sense of worth or value. This struggle impacts and can interfere with our emotional, relational, spiritual, and physical health. Self-worth can be defined as the combination of how you view yourself plus your perceptions of how other people and God view you.
The desire to feel a true sense of value, acceptance, and love is given by God and is to be satisfied in Him. Struggles with self-worth often occur when our identity is primarily resting on our performance and other’s opinions. It is also further complicated by a history of trauma, abuse, family experiences or situation, excessive comparison to others, and emotional struggles. Our self- worth should be based on two sources: 1) being created in God’s image and 2) our position in Christ.
The journey towards an accurate, Christ-centered self-worth should not be traveled alone. Since we are all on the journey and often at different points, we can help one another along; in helping others along, we end up helping ourselves as well. As we encourage one another, we ourselves are encouraged.
Luke 6:38, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
2 Cor. 1:3-4, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
This paper includes six independent sections that when put together can help provide you with direction and support for developing a Christ-centered self-worth.
- Connecting with God
- Spiritual Gifts
- Emotional Regulation
- Self-Talk & Perfectionism
- Additional Resources
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