Pure Gospel Magazine 2018 October, 2018 - Page 12

Sweetwater

Creted in the Image of God

Genesis 1:26-27 (NIV)

Then God said, “Let us make man in our own image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over the creatures that move along the ground. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

Each individual has the ability to reflect the image and nature of God in our faithfulness, patience, kindness, compassion, and love for others. We have a solid base of self-worth knowing we are created in his image. We are not only made in his image but he has also given us a glimpse of his character that we can freely show to this world. A positive self-perception/self-worth should not be caught up in possessions, achievements, physical attractiveness, or public acclaim. Accolades are very nice, but they are not who we are. Our worth is strictly based on being made in the image of God. Because we are created in his image, we can have a pure, positive perception of ourselves. When we criticize ourselves and others, we are not only disrespecting those we are targeting, but also God and the abilities his has given each of us. Knowing you are a person of worth, and we all are, helps you love God, know him personally, and make a valuable contribution to those around you, especially your children. How awesome is it to know that God loves you so much he has literally given a part of himself to you so that you can live your life in perfect unison with him?

Matthew 22: 18-21 (NIV)

But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius,

and he asked them, “Whose portrait is this?

And whose inscription?”

“Caesar’s,” they replied.

Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar

what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

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