Self-Acceptance

Though you have been through all kinds of humiliation and abuse, it is possible for you to acquire a positive self-image and to learn to value yourself as God values you.

Accept the following truths about yourself:

  • Accept the following truths about yourself.Accept what God says about you God’s Word that you were created in His image. “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
  • Accept yourself as being acceptable to Christ. “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” (Romans 15:7)
  • Accept what you cannot change about yourself. “Who are you, O man, to talk back to God? ‘Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?” ’ Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?” (Romans 9:20–21)
  • Accept the fact that you will make mistakes. “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12–14)
  • Accept criticism and the responsibility for failure. “I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’—and you forgave the guilt of my sin.” (Psalm 32:5)
  • Accept the fact that you will not be liked or loved by everyone. “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.… If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” (John 15:18, 20)
  • Accept the unchangeable circumstances in your life. “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” (Philippians 4:11)