This is a worthy repeat of a 2011 Vicar’s Corner: Christian psychologist, Dr. Dick Dickerson, has written a paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13 which beautifully captures and summarises how our Creator looks at us. Read these words to yourself aloud every morning and evening for the next month and evaluate how you feel about yourself.
Because God loves me; He takes the circumstances of my life and uses them in a constructive way; He does not treat me as an object to be possessed and manipulated.
Because God loves me; He has no need to impress me with how great and powerful He is because He is God; nor does he belittle me as a child to show how important He is; He is for me. He wants to see me mature and develop in his love.
Because God loves me; He does not send down His wrath on every little mistake I make, of which there are many; He does not keep score of all my sins and then beat me up with them whenever He gets the chance.
Because God loves me; He is deeply grieved when I do not walk in the way that pleases Him, because this is evidence that I don’t trust Him and therefore love Him as I should; He rejoices when I experience His power and strength and stand up under the pressure of life for His Name’s sake.
Because God loves me; He keeps working patiently with me even when I feel like giving up and can’t see why He doesn’t give up with me too; He keeps on trusting me when at times I don’t even trust myself; He never ever says there is no hope for me, rather, He patiently works with me, loves me, and disciplines me in such a way it is hard for me to understand the depth of His concern for me.
Because God loves me; He never forsakes me even though many of my friends might.