What Is God’s Heart on Your Identity?
If you have experienced spiritual abuse, you may have an inaccurate view of God . . . and yourself. Because of the spiritual abuse, it’s possible that your identity might be wrapped up in your performance, false self-image, or “good works.” It might also be true that your identity is so damaged by the guilt, shame, and pain you’ve experienced that is hard to believe that God loves you and accepts you. That’s why it’s important to know what God’s Word says about you.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”
- You are loved.
“God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people” (1 Thessalonians 1:4 nlt).
- You are chosen.
“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes” (Ephesians 1:4 nlt).
- You are accepted.
“Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory” (Romans 15:7 nlt).
- You are redeemed.
“But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you . . . he who formed you . . . ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine’” (Isaiah 43:1).
- You are precious.
“You are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you” (Isaiah 43:4 nlt).
- You are forgiven.
“You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins” (Colossians 2:13 nlt).
- You are cleansed.
“But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11 nlt).