I believe we all want to be emotionally healthy … and there are several things required to make that desire a reality.
Those things are a need for love, security, and significance.
The need to be valued!
And I believe we are hardwired by God with this need for two very important reasons…
- He is love and He loves us.
- He wants us to know and experience His love because we are precious to Him.
The Lord has placed a craving within us that He alone is able to satisfy.
We can chase after people, possessions, power, professions, and popularity and never feel the love, security, and significance we so desperately want.
And maybe, we’re not supposed to.
It’s especially difficult in our relationships with people, isn’t it?
We want to be loved. We need to be loved.
It’s how we’re made.
So, we seek love from people … longing for perfect relationships with spouses, children, parents, siblings, and friends. Oh sure, we try harder with some than with others. But we all have someone or several someones whose love we will do almost anything to get and keep.
But there’s a problem…
People will never love us perfectly no matter how hard we try or what we do. People will let us down. And truthfully, there will be times when we will let them down as well.
So, if you and I seek our value from the approving love of other people … you will always doubt your worth and so will I. If we’re trying to find self-worth in any temporary thing this world has to offer … we will always be left wanting and disappointed.
So, I’m going to the Lord today and asking Him to help us KNOW how much He loves and values us. I’m asking Him to remind us that we are precious to Him. And I’m asking Him to assure us that when it comes to the perfect love we need in order to be emotionally healthy … His love is more than enough!
If you doubt your value today because someone has failed to love you well or because you believe you’re lacking something you need to be more lovable … I’d love for you to pray with me.
5 Verses to Pray When You Doubt Your Value
Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.Ephesians 1:4–5
Father, it’s hard for me to get my brain around this promise.
You say I was on your mind before You spoke creation into being … before You made a grain of sand or a star in the sky. You say You chose me in Christ Jesus to be Your child and that You wanted me so much it gave You great pleasure.
It gave you pleasure to sacrifice everything to make me Your own. Pleasure. Father, that is unimaginable impossible to explain love.
Implant this on my heart that I might never doubt my value again. I am Yours and that makes me precious and treasured … and loved.
Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.Ephesians 2:9–10
Father, I’ve heard it said that no accomplishment could make You love me more and no failure could make You love me less.
Who loves like that?! People can be so quick to reject and slow to forgive.
But You made me and call me a masterpiece. And You not only didn’t reject me but You forgave me completely and made me a new creation through Jesus. Not through what I have done but through what He has done for me.
How can I ever begin to thank you? I can’t thank you enough but I can live to bring You glory and love You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength.
I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.Romans 8:38
Father, it’s clear to see the enemy is alive and at work in our world. We experience attacks on our health, our homes, our careers, and our relationships.
But Your Word says “NOTHING” can ever separate me from Your love. Nothing the enemy does. Nothing I’m afraid he’ll do. Not even if he turns the powers of hell against me. YOU LOVE ME ALWAYS AND FOREVER! And You take care of me. Even when today is painful and difficult … I trust that You are at work in and around me. I am Yours. I am safe. I am valued and loved.
Cast all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].1 Peter 5:7
Father, I love this promise. You have the deepest affection for me and watch over me carefully and nothing can change that.
You invite me to bring all my worry and anxiety to You. I wonder how often I unnecessarily carry a burden that You want to carry for me. I’m sorry Father, please forgive me and help me remember You are worthy of my complete trust. You are faithful to keep Your promises. You are my loving Father, who calls me Your precious pearl. I am overwhelmed by Your love.
The faithful love of the Lord never ends!Lamentations 3:22
His mercies never cease.
Father, I am the beneficiary of Your faithful love every day. I am covered by Your grace and mercy. I am safe in Jesus … not just today but forever and always. You call me Your child. Your friend. Your masterpiece. Your beloved. You call me precious. You call me valued. You call me LOVED!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Amen.
Friend, I’m emotional. I look at life through a lens of emotions and sometimes the way I think about myself is determined by the way someone has treated me or something they’ve said to me. I can sometimes base my value, on any given day, on the way I feel physically, the number on the scale, or the imperfections I see in the mirror. And yes, I can even occasionally allow my circumstances to distort my thoughts about my value and worth.
But all of those things are lies of the enemy.
Anything that tempts you to doubt your value … anything that makes you question God’s love is A LIE!
Look at the above verses inserting your name in the blanks.
Even before He made the world, God loved __________ and chose __________ in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.
For __________ is God’s masterpiece. He has created __________ anew in Christ Jesus.
Nothing can ever separate __________ from God’s love.
He cares about __________ [with deepest affection, and watches over __________ very carefully].
The faithful love of the Lord [for __________] never ends! His mercies never cease.
Nothing can change His love for you. No words, thoughts, or circumstances. No flaw, failure, or frustration. NOTHING!
When the enemy tempts and taunts you, when circumstances are hard, and when you doubt your value…
GOD IS LOVE! And HE LOVES YOU!
You are perfectly precious to Him.
You always have been and you always will be!
Thank you so much for joining me today.
And a thank you to BibleGateway.com for sources.
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