Learning to Love Yourself: The Bible’s Perspective on Self-Worth

by Sister McCook
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We all have moments where we don’t feel very good about ourselves.

We may compare ourselves to others and find that we come up short.

Or maybe we do something that we feel ashamed of, and it feels like it’s impossible to forgive ourselves.

In cases like these, it’s tempting to think that God must not love us very much if he lets us feel this way.

But what does the Bible actually teach about self-worth?

And how can we learn to see ourselves in the right way?

What is self-worth?
We all have an internal voice that dictates how we see ourselves.

This is our self-worth. It’s the value we place on ourselves as human beings, and it affects every aspect of our lives.

Our self-worth is often based on our accomplishments, looks, or material possessions.

But ultimately, it comes down to how we view ourselves.

Do we see ourselves as worthy of love and respect?

Or do we see ourselves as unworthy and undeserving?

Our self-worth dictates how we treat ourselves and how we allow others to treat us.

It’s an essential part of our mental health, and it’s something that we should always strive to protect.

When our self-worth is healthy, we’re able to live happy and fulfilling lives.

But when our self-worth is damaged, it can lead to a whole host of problems, including depression, anxiety, and addiction.

So how can we make sure that our self-worth remains healthy?

By surrounding ourselves with positive people, engaging in positive self-talk, and accepting ourselves for who we are – flaws and all.

What does the Bible say about self-worth?

The Bible doesn’t explicitly mention the concept of self-worth, but it does have a lot to say about how we should think about ourselves.

The most important thing to remember is that God loves us no matter what we do or don’t do.

We are valuable because we are created in God’s image, and we have intrinsic worth simply because we exist.

We should also remember that we are not perfect, and we will make mistakes.

But God is always willing to forgive us and help us learn from our mistakes.

11 Bible verses about Being worthy

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our 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 all 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.” (Genesis 1:26-27)

We are all made in the image of God, which means we have intrinsic worth.

This is something to remember when we don’t feel very good about ourselves.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – (Psalm 139:13-16)

We are all wonderfully made by God, and we should remember this when we feel down about ourselves.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” – (2 Corinthians 5:17)

When we accept Christ as our Savior, we are given a new start. We are no longer defined by our mistakes, but by who we are in Christ.

“He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – (Philippians 1:6)

God is always working in us, and he will see to it that we are perfected in Christ.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – (Romans 5:8)

Even when we were rebelling against him, God showed us his great love by sending Jesus to die for us.

God wants us to know that we are worthy of being saved.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – (Romans 8:38-39)

No matter what happens in this life, we can be assured that God’s love for us will never change.

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” – (Psalm 55:22)

When we feel overwhelmed and stressed, it’s helpful to remember that we can cast all our cares on God. He will take care of us and never let us down.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – (Isaiah 41:10)

God is always with us and he will help us through anything we go through. We can trust him to uphold us and guide us through life.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – (Galatians 5:22)

The fruit of the Spirit is a list of qualities that God wants to see in us.

When we have these qualities, we reflect the character of Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

God made the ultimate sacrifice to show us how much we are loved and worthy of love.

No matter what we do, or how we feel about ourselves, God will always love us.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3)

We are incredibly blessed in Christ, and we should remember this when we don’t feel very good about ourselves.

We have great worth in the eyes of God, and nothing can change that.

How can we learn to see ourselves in the right way?

It’s not always easy to have a positive view of ourselves, but there are a few things that can help.

  • We can remember that we are made in the image of God and have intrinsic worth.
  • We can read Bible verses that talk about how much God loves us.
  • We can focus on the fruit of the Spirit and strive to have godly qualities.
  • We can pray for God to help us see ourselves in the right light.
  • We can surround ourselves with people who will build us up and remind us of our worth in Christ.

What does it mean to know our worth in God?

The meaning of knowing your worth in God is largely about understanding that we are each uniquely loved and valued by Him.

We are not defined by our mistakes or shortcomings, but by His unending grace and mercy.

This doesn’t mean that we will always feel worthy of His love – only that He loves us unconditionally, no matter what.

His love is the foundation upon which our self-worth should be built.

Knowing our worth in God can help us to overcome the lies that the world tells us about ourselves.

Too often, we compare ourselves to others and come up wanting.

We allow the opinions of others to shape how we see ourselves, instead of looking to God as the ultimate authority on who we are.

But when we know that we are deeply loved by the Creator of the Universe, we can start to see ourselves through His eyes instead of the world’s.

And that makes all the difference.

We all have value.

We are each special, created in God’s image with our own talents and gifts.

Yet, sometimes it can be easy to focus on our shortcomings and feel like we’re not good enough.

Maybe we make a mistake at work or say the wrong thing to a friend.

In those moments, it’s important to remember that our mistakes don’t define us.

We are still worthy of love and respect because our worth comes from God.

He loves us unconditionally, and His opinion of us is the only one that really matters.

So next time you’re feeling down about yourself, take a moment to reflect on how much you mean to God.

Remember that you are His child, and no matter what happens, you will always have a place in His heart.

What does it mean to remember who you are in Christ?

When we remember who we are in Christ, it means that we focus on our identity in him.

We know that we are forgiven, loved, and valued by God.

We can also remember that we are called to be disciples of Jesus Christ and to follow him faithfully.

We are part of God’s family and we have a place in his kingdom.

  • Everyone has inherent value because they are created in the image of God
  • You are not defined by your achievements or failures
  • You are loved unconditionally by God
  • You have a purpose and unique gifts to share with the world
  • You can find your worth in Christ alone


Self-worth comes from God and should not be based on what the world tells us.

We are all sinners, but we are also loved by God.

We should focus on becoming more like Jesus, who had perfect self-worth.

God desires for us to have peace and joy in our lives.

When we remember who we are in Christ, it brings a sense of worth and belonging.

We are all worth something to God, no matter what we have done or how we feel about ourselves.

We should be humble and grateful for the love that God has shown us.

Understanding our worth with God can help us understand our own self-worth.

We are not perfect, but we can always strive to become more like Christ.

We are all perfect imperfections of Christ and He loves us that way.

He loves you that way.

You lack nothing because God loves you and He is for you and with you.

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