God

How to feel accepted

We claim  here on For His Glory that acceptance is  mankind’s greatest need. We are all born with it.  In fact none of us can function very well in this life without it.  Many of us enjoy acceptance if we’re fortunate enough to grow up in a healthy home and family environment.  Some of us enjoy acceptance in close friendships or business environments.

 Then there are those without the benefit of healthy families or relationships. Consequently acceptance is often lacking in their lives. They still need  to feel acceptance, but in order to gain it they feel the need to manufacture it themselves.  This is acceptance by self effort. It doesn’t work and often leaves the person feeling frustrated and more unacceptable.

 One way we try to force acceptance is with our appearance. They think if they dress the part   and wear the right clothes  and impress people with their outside appearance they’ll be accepted.

 Some try to gain acceptance with their behavior.  They think if they follow all the social conventions and go to all the right parties and act with social norms they’ll gain acceptance.

Some have  family heritages or business success they can flaunt to make  them appear acceptable.

Unfortunately all these things we do with self effort do not work.

We find are acceptance, needs and self-image met only in God. This is the person God accepts.  In God is the only place we can find who acceptance. And God’s acceptance is true, unconditional and eternal.

God

Who are we really?

 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.