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We are all bombarded with the media’s perception of beauty and how people should look. These false views often cause us to struggle with our own self-image and appearance.
But comparing ourselves to others – especially models and celebrities – is unhealthy and not Biblical. It eventually leads us to take our focus off the Lord. Jesus died for us so we can live a life of freedom (Galatians 5:1). Constant worry about our body image keeps us from that.
You can live in greater freedom when you begin to see yourself the way God sees you. God wants you to understand that you are made in His image (Genesis 1:27) and wonderful in His sight (Psalm 139:14). He is enthralled by you (Psalm 45:11). If you fail to understand this Truth, your body image will come primarily from your perception of how others see you.
So do you see yourself as God does – as his beloved creation? Or do you believe lies about yourself – lies from the media or our culture?
Romans 12:2 reminds us that our goal is to be transformed by the renewing of our mind to God’s Truth. It is not always easy. It takes serious effort to replace negative thoughts about ourselves with Truth. However, John 8:31-32 promises us that the Truth will set us free and this Truth includes that we bear God’s perfect image and His beauty – within and without.
The comparisons and beliefs of the world will always steal our joy. We should never believe the lie that if we were more muscular or if we were thinner that we would be more happy or more acceptable and pleasing.
We cannot find peace apart from Jesus and worrying about how we look is a distraction that keeps us from knowing the Truth.
If you struggle with body image issues such a shame or self-contempt and want to talk to someone, please contact Lake Pointe Counseling at (469)698-2250 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.