By embracing My love for you, you can cultivate genuine love for yourself that will spill over into the lives of others. You were made to live in My love. You no longer have to be a slave beaten down by the inner words of self-hatred, bitterness, and judgment.

~In the Presence of Jesus


But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile.                  
                                                              Romans 3:21-22                 

When we read the word “righteousness” in the Bible, most of us automatically think it implies something about behaving with virtue or doing something the “right” way. However, when the apostle Paul speaks of righteousness (or our “right-standing” with God), he means it as a gift that God supplies us rather than something we have achieved. The profound meaning is best translated with the word worth. God gives us our worth…

It isn’t in our ability to act a certain way that makes us good, but what we choose to believe about God’s grace that ultimately impacts how we choose to treat others and live our lives. (The Correct Belief)

In a day when we have an epidemic of self-doubt and self-loathing, much of our mental anguish is a result of not liking ourselves. We feel worthless and without value in our own skin and souls. In our gadget-filled world, young and old people alike, hide behind their facades of smiles and confident airs of success, but are actually insecure, wondering if anyone really loves them. Does anyone care? There is no earthly power that can help us earn a personal sense of worth and self-esteem. (Learning to Trust Again)

The good news is that Jesus reveals how much God loves us. His grace is a gift that does away with our need to perform in a certain way to earn any merit or standing with Him. The most we can do is the least we can do to receive it. Just accept that He loves you. This week meditate on God’s love and remember to find your worth and value in what He believes about you.

Co-Writers Paul Bane and Matt Litton