The value of something is equal to the sum of what someone is willing to pay for it.  Now think of it this way.  You were bought with the blood of Jesus so you’re priceless!  Why settle to be treated like a simple trinket?

Simply put,  baby, you don’t know your worth!

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I’m sure that you’ve heard that you cannot love someone else without first loving yourself.  While there’s some truth in that statement, that’s not the starting point.  Some people have it twisted that love is about “give and take,” but that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Yes love is about giving, but the latter part is receiving not taking.  It plainly states in the bible that Jesus willingly laid down his life for us according to John 10:18

No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.

Now that’s love! 

Receiving God’s love opens the door for you to be able to receive love from others.  But if you think you don’t deserve something, it’s a lot easier to turn it down even when you know it’s good for you. I admit I didn’t know my worth for a while and I settled for less over and over. 

Do you know why I thought I was undeserving of better?

I hadn’t considered the magnitude of God’s love for me then.  This misguided perception almost crippled me with insecurity and self-loathing. I didn’t know how to receive His love….even in prayer, I’d find myself commenting to God about how unworthy I was to be in His presence.  I think God got a little sick of my pity party because lately when I drift off into “woe mode” because of a sin I’ve willingly committed, the moment I repent, He abruptly interrupts me with something like Romans 8:1-2 

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death.

As if He were telling me, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

But God lovingly taught me how to receive love. I’m still working on some areas of healing and it’s been a process, but I’m learning every day to embrace God’s love for me more.

Even today, He placed on my heart these questions,

  • Who told you that you were unworthy of my best?
  • Who made you believe that you had to settle?
  • Who made you forget that you’re my diamond?

Then God whispered,

Daughter, when your world seemed dark and you felt all alone suffering under a world of pressure, I was perfecting you.

I admit that I had no immediate answer. There were too many faces to blame, including myself.  Yet when He reminded me of His grace, it really didn’t matter anymore. I was no longer concerned with counting who did what to me.  Instead, I counted myself a diamond who’s not so rough anymore.

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