For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
God has given you a wonderful gift: free will. God is offering you the opportunity to accept yourself as He created you to be, but you have a free will and can refuse to do so if you choose. To accept something means to view it as usual, proper, or right.
People who reject themselves do so because they cannot see themselves as proper or right. They only see their flaws and weaknesses, not their beauty and strength. This is an unbalanced attitude often instilled by authority figures in the past that focused on what was weak and wrong rather than what was strong and right.
In Amos 3:3, we read, “Do two walk together except they make an appointment and have agreed?” You can walk with God—you can be close to Him—when you decide to agree with Him.
He says He loves you and accepts you; therefore, if you agree with Him, you no longer have to dislike or reject yourself. When God created you, He created something wonderful.
Lord you made me wonderful, but when I look around and see things with my sight it seems that I am afraid to know this truth but I pray that you teach me in love to know that I am wonderfully made. In Jesus Name.
For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything. What counts is a new creation.
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:
For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence. In love