Yesterday's post brought this text from one of my sweet young friends,
"I am my worst critic. I am the worst labeler of myself. I allow Satan to whisper in my ear and take it to heart. We ask society to look past our scarlet letter, but do we?"
Guilty on all counts---I label myself with the unflattering lies the world is whispering in my ear. I allow other's comments to define how I feel about myself. I dishonor God by ignoring the labels He has given me.
Royal-"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood" I Peter 2:9
Child of God-"But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12
Righteous-"So that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
II Corinthians 5:21
Temple-"Do you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit."
I Corinthians 6:19
Friend- "I have called you friends" John 15:15
Body of Christ-"Now you are the body of Christ" I Corinthians 12:27
Citizen-"But our citizenship is in heaven." Philippians 3:20
Justified-"We have been justified by faith." Romans 5:1
Ambassador- "We are ambassadors for Christ." 2 Corinthians 5:20
Fragrant-"For we are the aroma of Christ to God." 2 Corinthians 2:15
Chosen-"You did not choose me, but I chose you." John 15:16
Worker-"For we are God's fellow workers." * Corinthians 3:9
Servant-"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another."
I Peter 4:10
Light-"Let your light shine before others." Matthew 5:10
Seasoning-"You are the salt of the earth." Matthew 5:13
Sanctified-"Sanctify them in the truth" John 17:17
Saint-"To those sanctified in Christ Jesus" I Corinthians 1:2
Redeemed-"In whom we have redemption." Colossians 1:14
Reconciled- "Through whom we have now received reconciliation."
Forgiven-"As the Lord has forgiven you" Colossians 3:13
AND my personal favorite:
Beloved-"I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine" Song of Soloman 6:3
This is not all of the labels--only a sample of what His word tells us He labels us. My choice is to believe what the world tells me, or believe the Word of God Almighty. Why is there even a question? There is real truth in labeling laced throughout His message to us, but it is a day to day-moment to moment decision of what we believe about ourselves. As the Little Man says, "WHIIEE?"
For this day, for this moment, I believe what He has told me--I am created in His image and therefore His beautiful beloved-My Forever Label.