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如何认识自己

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LEARNING TO ACCEPT MYSELF     07/02/2009

Our happiness in life depends a great deal on our attitudes. Our attitude toward ourselves is perhaps the most important attitude of all because it has such a profound effect on our life. It is called "self-image." Our self-image is the way we see ourselves. Our self-image is important because it affects our attitude toward our family, our friends and others. It also affects our work and our chances of success. People who have a poor self-image usually have trouble getting along with other people. In relating with God, they find it hard to trust Him and to believe in His love for them. Generally, they are unhappy. We are not to think poorly of ourselves,  nor are we to be proud or conceited. Neither of these attitudes brings happiness or right relationships. God wants us to have a proper self-image. He wants us to think rightly about ourselves. What we think determines what we do and what we feel. We are controlled by the way we inwardly see and believe things to be. The bible says "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he." (Proverbs 23:7). We were created in the image of God, created to glorify God. In Isaiah 43:7, God says, "I have created him for My glory." We were given certain characteristics and abilities from God. No one had any choice as to his parents, his race, the color of his skin, his intelligence, his physical appearance, or his natural abilities. These all came to us by birth and they all came from God, and we cannot boast about them. The bible says "For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive?" I Corinthians 4:7 God is very displeased with anyone who looks down on or despises himself or another person. If you mock or make fun of someone, you are reproaching God because He is the One who made that person. "He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker."

Proverbs 17:5      如何认识自己

GAINING A PROPER SELF-IMAGE.  

1. Realize that you are a special individual. The most wonderful thing in the world is a human being and not scientific inventions. David said, "I will praise You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:14. The important thing about us is not what we look like; but that we can be in Christ. This is what makes every person of such great value in God's sight. God loves variety. You are a special, absolutely unique, one-of a-kind individual. And you can bring special glory to your Creator that no one else can bring.

2. Begin a personal relationship with your Creator. You will never see your true worth nor accept yourself fully until you come into a personal relationship with your Creator. As you understand God’s love for you, you will begin to see how much you are really worth in His sight. The Lord Jesus said to his disciples "Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."(Matthew 10:31) and  that even the hairs of our head are numbered. The more we know of God's love for us, the more we will gain a sense of our true worship.

3. Don't compare yourself with others. Little children are happy because they do not compare themselves with one another. But as they grow and begin to compare themselves with each other, they begin to get discontent. The Bible says,". . . they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise." 2Corinthians10:12  

4. Respond correctly to defects. Most people, especially young people, are very concerned about their physical appearance. They think about the “defects" they see of themselves in the mirror most of the time, instead of enjoying all the many advantages God has given them. Actually, no one has a perfect body. We should pray: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change , courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.” 

5. Realize that God is still working on you. The Bible says, "For we are His workmanship." Ephesians 2:10. This means that God is working on us to make us what He wants us to be. His plan is to make us like the Lord Jesus Christ. God is working to conform us to the image of His Son. The Bible says,  "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son. Romans 8:29.  God has much to do in us to make us what He wants us to be. When He completes His work, we will be just like the Lord Jesus. "Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:6 

6. Reject bitterness. God wants to do many things in our life, but He requires our cooperation. God never overrules our will. We must choose to let Him have His way in our life. If we are bitter and resentful, He is hindered in His work of changing us.  He can make something beautiful of your life if you will let Him. 

7. Be thankful. Our happiness in life does not depend on how beautiful or how handsome we are. It does not depend on how smart we are. It does not depend on how much money we have. It depends on our attitude.  Remember the story of Fannie Crosby who wrote over 6,000 hymns Christians around the world sing e.g "To God Be the Glory," "All the Way My Savior Leads Me," and "Blessed Assurance." Though she spent her life in darkness because of the mistake of the doctor who gave her a wrong medicine for her eyes as a child, Fannie Crosby was one of the happiest Christians who ever lived. What was the secret of her happiness? It was this: She trusted in the love and wisdom of God.                                   

ACCEPT YOURSELF - NOW!

Accepting ourselves as God made us sets us free. We do not have to try to impress other people. We do not have to struggle for recognition. We do not have to try to be somebody great.  Accepting myself is based on trusting the love and wisdom of God. The Bible says, ". . . we know that all things work together for good to those who love God. . ." Romans 8:28

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