Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one from a [purely] human point of view [in terms of natural standards of value]. [No] even though we once did estimate Christ from a human viewpoint and as a man, yet now [we have such knowledge of Him that] we know Him no longer [in terms of the flesh]. (2 Corinthians 5:16 – Amplified)
When I was young, I had a poor image of myself; I saw my flaws, my weaknesses, my inabilities, and my limitations. I would inwardly call myself names, and really didn’t like myself. And the truth is that how you feel about yourself will gauge how you treat others. So I looked for the flaws in others to mentally bring them down to my level.
After I came to the Lord, He challenged me about my opinion of my self. I began to see that I was looking at myself from the natural human point of view. The Lord showed me that He saw me as a finished product! In fact, He got on me for the way I regarded myself. Since He created me in His image, I had no right to think disparagingly about or talk negatively about myself. To do so was to talk and think negatively about someone He created! That changed me!
Jesus is the lamb slain from the foundation of the world. God saw Abraham as the Father of a multitude while He was childless. He saw Joseph as a ruler while Joseph was still a teenager. He saw David as a king while he tended sheep. Gideon was called a mighty man of valor while crouching down in fear and hiding from the enemy. Jesus believed that Peter would become a great church leader even though he denied Jesus publicly.
God has faith in you. He looks past your human limitations and chooses to see you in the light of your new creation in Christ! He sees in you what you can’t see. And He believes in you when you don’t believe in yourself! Start today to see yourself the way he sees you. Repent of negative thinking about yourself! Act as though His love, favor, blessing, power, and protection are yours! Face today with boldness and confidence. God believes in you!