Letter of Encouragement
Biblical Focus: Letter to Colossians
Since we are made in the image and likeness of God, seeing ourselves from HIS perspective influences our behavior. A healthy but humble self-image should reflect our dependence on God, and simultaneously raise our level of self-esteem and self-confidence because of our relationship with Him, and His Spirit within us. However, observing behavior among Christians reveals the many psychological issues that plaque the Church. One of the most common unaddressed issues nowadays is low self-esteem and poor self-image.
On the surface it appears everyone has it altogether when in reality many are hurting deeply and emotionally wounded. This is evident by critical attitudes, slanderous words spoken and spiteful actions toward our brothers and sisters. This definitely ought not to be for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of their life. We must see ourselves as God sees each of us. We are all important to Him and each other. More importantly, Christ is preeminent in our life; therefore, we live our life through Him.
Paul’s letter to the Christians in Colossae is one of the most powerful messages today. Perhaps it is not commonly viewed as a letter for building a Christian’s self esteem or self-image. Nevertheless, it teaches us concerning the superiority of Christ and helps to understand that our life is hidden in Christ, and we are “complete” in Him. This is important because so many are still struggling with the spirits of rejection and inferiority.
It is my prayer that the entrance of God’s Word gives light to every reader, and dispel the dark cloud hovering over so many struggling with low self-esteem and a negative self-image. You are who God says you are regardless of your background, ethnicity, social status, or economic status. There is no need or excuse to feel inferior to someone else.
Grace and peace from the Lord be multiplied unto you. I am praying for you today! I am asking God for increase in your life; that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will. I pray that you have spiritual wisdom and understanding of how the Lord wants you to live a life that pleases Him.
You can no longer seek to please others by acting like them instead of being who God created you to be. There are many benefits for obeying God’s instructions, living a holy, productive and purposeful life (Psalm 68:19; 103:2). I am also praying that God gives you strength to be steadfast; having patience and joy as you depend on His glorious power to manifest in your life.
Know this, God has qualified you to receive and share all the blessings Christ died for in order that we could receive our inheritance as sons and daughters in the Kingdom. No one can disapprove or disqualify you. Therefore, you shouldn’t try to prove yourself to anyone. The truth is, you really cannot prove yourself to anyone anyway. God has already done that for you.
Listen, dearly beloved, hold your head up! Look up! Walk in the Light of God’s word. You have been delivered from the power of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of His dear Son, Jesus Christ.
Furthermore, Jesus paid the penalty (debt) for your freedom and forgiveness of sin. Again, I say lift up your head! The more you seek God, grow in your relationship with him, study and obey His word, you will be empowered. You will know just how special you are to Him.
I release you from the spirit of low self-esteem that has held you in bondage. You are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image and likeness of your heavenly Father. You are free to praise and worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. You are free from condemnation. The strongholds of fear and rejection, past hurts can no longer keep you in captivity.
The peace of God is released unto you by the precious blood of the Lamb of God. Your life is hidden and secure in Christ Jesus. Agree with this word from the Lord. Amen!
From the heart of God with unconditional love,