The Image Of God

“How long, O you sons of men, will you turn my Glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness and seek falsehood?” Psalms 4:2

After living and relishing the lies that I wasn’t good enough for so many years, and loving and embracing the feeling of worthlessness, God has begun to wake up my sleeping, broken heart to tell me who I am and what I am expected to become.

This verse was the first that God took me to when I pulled out the new NKJV bible my mom recently gave me.

Did you know that as a human being, you ARE the Glory of God?
And every time you treat yourself with contempt, you shame that Glory.
Every self-inflicted burden, every self-inflicted lie, every self-inflicted pain…. anything that makes you feel inferior is shaming the Glory of God.
YOU have been made in His image, and because of that, you HAVE worth, you HAVE a purpose, and you have a reason to live.
The Lord has set you apart for Himself, and He will hear when you call to Him, because you are important.

How do you love worthlessness?

I am a pain addict. I revel in worthlessness and feeling like I’m not good enough. I’m very prone to inflicting myself with emptiness and filling my emotions with depression and things that will make me feel less and less like a human being, and more like a vapor that will disappear and no one will notice.
Sometimes I seek the people or things that will feed me the lies to encourage my worthlessness.

But I am the image of the Glory of God!
“Male and Female, in His image, He created them.” Gen. 1:27
In Genesis 1:26-27 He said “in [my, our, His] Image” three times.
We radiate the Glory of God, and every time we degrade ourselves, we put the Glory of God to shame!

“Do not call unclean what the Lord has made clean.” Acts 10:15
Because of the bloodshed of Jesus Christ, the deity whose image WE bear, we have been made Holy. So why do we live in worthlessness?
Why do we crave the emptiness?
Why do we desire to be hopeless and broken?

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When Pain Becomes Too Hard To Bear

What words are there when no one knows what to say?

Someone will always crack a comment.  One that will sting.

Someone will remark with something unfeeling, heartless, or even just plain apathetic.

Someone will try to be sympathetic, but fail to say what everyone is wanting to hear.

Another will see it as an opportunity to preach about how we don’t know our hour, and we need Jesus – when we don’t even know if the one we’ve all come to mourn made it to heaven.

Maybe no one will cry.

Maybe no one will even remember.

But regardless, it will effect all of us the same way.

What makes people so hateful?  What makes them hurt so much that they take it out on each other?  What makes them think they are any better than the one that sits next to them in class?  If we all live, we all hurt.
But we don’t all deal with it the same way.

Little girl, I am sorry that it hurt so much that you couldn’t handle it anymore.
I will cry, and I will remember.  And I will do what it takes to not let another soul go without knowing that somebody cared.

When life becomes so hard that somebody takes their own life, the blame game is easy to get into.

Blaming yourself for not caring enough.

Others saying they deserved it.

Blaming God for not caring enough to stop it.

Blaming yourself for not doing anything to stop it.

At first the emotion is numb.  You don’t know what to feel, you don’t know what to think… all you can do is soak in the shock.
If you’d only known… but how could you?

If you’d only seen… but seen what?

What was the last straw?  How many had there been before?

Why do people have to hurt each other so much?

It doesn’t matter now what happened, the point is it did.
What are you going to do to make sure it doesn’t happen again?

There is Love.  We must share it with those who hurt.
There is Hope.  We must give it to those longing for it.
There is always a way out.  Are you willing to be the one who will make a difference?

Jesus said, “There is no greater love than this, that a man would lay down his life for his friends.”
If you call each other friends, how can you lay down your life, so they don’t give up theirs.