Chapter 1 - In His Image

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Throughout the course of life, we are all tempted into believing lies about ourselves. Some of the most common are among the following:
1. I am ugly.

2. I am worthless.

3. I am hopeless.

4. No one can save me; I'm too far gone. 

5. No one loves me. 

We also tend to believe similar things about others that we come into contact with.

1. They're ugly.

2. They're worthless.

3. What's wrong with them? 

4. They're stupid. 

5. They're too far gone. 

Why do we do this? Why must we believe such lies about ourselves, and about others who we sometimes know nothing about? The answer lies in this: It's in our human nature. 

But does that make it okay?

Absolutely not. 

Today's devotional serves the purpose of shutting down all of those judgemental thoughts, whether they're about ourselves or others that we come into contact with. Why? We're all made in God's image. That's why. 

Genesis 1: 27, 28 (NKJV) says:

27. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them

28. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea; over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." 

So, what does this mean for all of us? God was only talking to Adam and Eve, right? 

No, he was talking to all of us. For before we were born, he knew us. 

Jeremiah 1: 5 (NKJV) says:

5. "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; Before you were born, I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations."

God hand-crafted all of us, and if that doesn't bring you joy, then what will? God himself, not your parents or anyone else, made you. He knew you before you were born, and he knew exactly how you'd turn out. 

If he made you in his image as scripture says, then what gives you the right to be down on yourself? Why should you think of yourself as anything less than beautiful, purposeful, and even hopeful? 

And if you don't have the right to think such things of yourself, you shouldn't think them of others, either. 

Jesus said in Matthew 7: 1, 2 (NKJV):

1. "Judge not, that you not be judged. 

2. For with what judgement you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you."

We're all guilty of some type of judgement, whether we've judged ourselves or others for anything, big or small. We've judged the creations of God. Only liars would deny such a fact.

Romans 3:23 (NKJV) says:

23. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

So, if you've recently judged someone, find them and sincerely apologize. If you've judged yourself, apologize to yourself, too. I know that sounds odd and silly, but trust me,  it's worth it. 

Even if it hasn't been recently, or if you don't remember what you said, apologize to God for criticizing his creations and ask him for forgiveness for being judgemental. 

Though we are all only human and cannot help but to judge sometimes, no one is "too good" to ask for forgiveness. If they believe they are, they need to be humbled and give their ego a check, which will be discussed farther in the next devotional. 

God bless all of you and remember this devotional before you allow yourself to judge someone else. If you find yourself in that predicament and everything has already been said, or even thought, ask the Lord for forgiveness. We can all be redeemed. 

Romans 3:24 (NKJV) says: 

24. Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. 

(Keep in mind that this verse is a continuation of the last mentioned verse, and is saying that even though we all fall short of the glory of God, we are all redeemed through Jesus Christ, our Lord and saviour.)

God bless all of you!

I'd love to hear your thoughts, questions, concerns, and suggestions if you have any!

N.B. Niar

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