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THROUGH HIS EYES

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“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genisis 1:27

 In a speech given by David Roth Seely, he states that, “Biblical scholars explain the two Hebrew terms behind the words image and likeness as references to being created in the form of God as well as to having His divine attributes.” This is a beautiful truth. We, imperfect human beings, are created in the image of our God. He is our Father, we are His children.

In our churches and daily life, when talking about God, we often talk about how we are His children. It is a sentence that can become almost habitual. Do we truly believe it? And if we do, how does that change the way we see ourselves?

On our worst days, when we are beating ourselves up inside and starting to believe Satan’s horribly degrading lies about our divine spirits, do we have enough faith to instead turn to our God- our incredibly loving, forgiving, compassionate, Heavenly Father? Do we have enough faith to take a deep breath, open up our hearts, and really feel that He is there? Do we hear Him tell us that He is our Father and that when no one else will claim us, HE will?  Do we believe that He has a place for us in His glorious heavenly home and that He loves us so much that He sent our brother, His only begotten in the flesh, to die so that we can return to Him?

When we truly believe that we are His children, when we can learn to know Him as our Father through prayer and scripture study, we can begin to tap into His love for us and see ourselves the way He does.

 

 

I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. – Psalms 82:6

Self-love is vital and it is powerful. Self-love can and will impact every facet of our lives including the way we treat and think about ourselves, our ability to love and have compassion on others, and our willingness and desire to follow God’s will instead of our own.   

“Our spirits long for us to remember the truth about who we are, because the way we see ourselves, our sense of identity, affects everything we do. It affects the way we behave, the way we respond to uncertainty, the way we see others, the way we feel about ourselves, and the way we make choices. It affects the very way we live our lives. So, today, I invite you to ponder in a new way not just who you are but who you have always been.

When Satan tried to confuse Moses about his identity, saying, “Moses, son of man, worship me,” Moses refused, responding: “I am a son of God.” He knew who he was because the Lord had told him, “Thou art my son; … and I have a work for thee.” Surely one reason Moses prevailed while the great deceiver ranted and railed was that Moses knew clearly who he was. So it is with us. We will never be happy or feel peace; we will never deal well with life’s ambiguities; we will never live up to who we are as women of God until we overcome our mortal identity crisis by understanding who we are, who we have always been, and who we may become.” – Sheri Dew

There have been times in my life when I have hated myself and my body due to miscarriages and health issues out of my control. I felt ugly feelings towards myself and I was broken and angry, but those moments were short lived as I learned to let go and pray and listen.  It was through the sweet prayers and spirit guided blessings that God spoke to me. I felt closer to my Heavenly Father and knew that Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, is my brother. I knew that He has felt that exact physical and mental pain I was feeling, including the lack of self-love. I could feel Him with me, like a hug around my heart. I know that Jesus is my brother and I know that He is the son of God, and therefore I also know that I am a daughter of God. Those feelings of self-hatred left and were replaced with confidence that I have a purpose.

“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” Romans 8:16-17

God is our Heavenly Father. We inherited divine qualities from Him. His infinite love and the Holy Spirit can touch the heart of every single human being on this earth and confirm to them that they are His child and that Jesus Christ is their brother. The world would be so much different today if we all had faith in this knowledge.

“Noble and great. Courageous and determined. Faithful and fearless. That is who you are, and that is who you have always been. Understanding that truth can change your life, because this knowledge carries a confidence that cannot be duplicated any other way.” – Sheri Dew

He loves us. Every bit of us. He created us, not one of us is an accident. He created us to be and to become. May we see ourselves through his eyes, eyes that love unconditionally.

“Of all the titles of respect and honor and admiration that are given to Deity, He has asked us to address Him as Father.”- Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

 

 

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References:

David Roth Seely

https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/david-rolph-seely_january-29-2013-byu-devotional-created-in-the-image-and-likeness-of-god/

Sheri Dew

https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/at-the-pulpit/part-4/48-knowing-who-you-are-and-who-you-have-always-been-sheri-l-dew?lang=eng#note39

Brian K. Taylor

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2018/04/am-i-a-child-of-god?lang=eng