- you are a totally new creation
- you are in Christ
- you are totally forgiven for EVERY sin you’ve ever committed, are committing now, or ever will commit in the future
- you are totally righteous
- you are totally reconciled
- you are redeemed
- you are sanctified
- you are justified
- you are totally accepted
- you are an integral part of the body of Christ
- you are a citizen of heaven
- you have eternal life and you’ll never die
- you are unconditionally loved
- nothing you could ever do would ever make God love you less than He does now
in a previous post we said our two greatest needs are love and acceptance and work and value you probably noticed I mentioned four needs, but we lumped love and acceptance together and worth and valiue together. But (in this writer’s opinion), acceptance is the greatest of all our needs by a country mile.
Acceptance is the nucleus of all our relationships, from the most intimate of marital relationships to our acquaintances on the fringes of our sphere of influence..
As a curious adolescent teenage boy I craved my dad’s acceptance. I don’t believe I ever got it. There were isolated incidence where he showed pride in some accomplishment of mine that I took as acceptance but those times were few and far between. Our relationship was adversarial until after I’d become a father myself.
My friend Daniel (Webster) describes acceptance as a “state of being desired or wanted, belonging, or having worth.” if we don’t feel acceptance in our lives, we may try to find it in a gang or a cult. We may seek acceptance in unsavory places or with unsavory people or social outcasts–anywhere or with anyone who engenders those feelings that make us feel desired or gives us a sense of belonging no matter how toxic or unhealthy the relationship,.
My friend Daniel (Webster) describes acceptance as a “state of being desired or wanted, belonging, or having worth.” if we don’t feel acceptance in our lives, we may try find it in a gang or a cult. We may seek acceptance in unsavory places or with unsavory people or social outcasts–anywhere or with anyone who engenders those feelings that make us feel desired or gives us a sense of belonging no matter how toxic,unhealthy, or harmful the relationship is.
Feelings of acceptance from friends and loved ones is central to our true identity in Christ. Feeling truly accepted by Christ and accepting others as Christ sees them are essential for knowing and living out of our true identity in Christ.
More on acceptance in future posts.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.I have identity issues. Ephesians 2:10
You have identity issues. I have identity issues.
In fact we all have issues about who we really are.
Fur instance: Do people accept me for who I am? Am I good enough? Do I need to make more money? Am I in the right job? Could I be doing better for myself and my family? Do we get along with others? Do I have strong moral values? Do others get along with us? Can other people trust us? Do we trust other people?
If we’re honest many times many of us walk around in a cloud of confusion wondering what our true identity really is.
For many of us our identity is born from our self-image– what we think of ourselves. And what we think of ourselves determines our attitudes and our behavior. Some self-help books tell us to build a better self-image we need to accept ourselves and love ourselves more. This is a world view–and patently false
God has other ideas about our true identity. During February we’ll be exploring God’s Word and his instructions about our true identity. And it has nothing to do with the world. So keep reading For His Glory (. Prayerfully we’ll be discovering what our true identity in Christ is and how we can learn to live out of it.
August 11, 2000 I learned my true identity in Christ.
My blogging friend, Lyn posted this on her website. I thought it was appropriate for our culture and the “church” today, so I decided to re-post it here on For His Glory.
It is a wonderful thing to have a good ending. Sometimes we may not have a great beginning. Continue reading
Who Are You?
That’s the question we’ll be discussing and exploring over the next several messages. It’s a question we often ask ourselves. We want to know Continue reading
Folks who feel the Christmas blues often turn their sorrows inward and question their self-worth and self-esteem. That inward spiral can often lead to real depression and a sense of worthlessness and lost hope.
Good news, everyone. You’re worth a lot more than you may think. In the notes in my Bible I found this chart that reveals EXACTLY what our identity is in Christ. Take courage, rekindle your hope. You are In Christ! We are . . Continue reading