What Is the Cure to Self-Hatred?

In a sick twist of irony, our sin nature wants us to find in our identity in the very thing we're not. Whatever I see, I want something else. It's a very familiar sin to human beings. God says, "you are made specifically in my image". I uniquely crafted you exactly as you are. You are beautiful.

I don't want you to look in the mirror and hate yourself. I don't want you to think, "you're not good enough for even being in your own skin". You're fearfully and wonderfully made, not disgusting. And you need to find some way to make yourself feel better by saying it's okay that I could find my other way to be a boy or be a girl or be taller, be shorter, be bigger or smaller, or to lift more weights or to eat more protein or, or to finally go on that juice diet or whatever it is. It's a sick twist of irony.

Transgenderism, body dysmorphia, anorexia, bulimia, all of these are all cousins. This is all the world telling you that you should hate yourself and that who you -- how you are made is not the way it was supposed to be. But God says, I made you exactly as I wanted to. And you might not see it now, but there is an absolute purpose. And when you begin to live in sync with your created order, you're gonna see that the joy and the peace and the flourishing that I have for you is so much greater than anything you could have imagined.

And will it be hard? Yeah, it might be hard. Your sin nature doesn't want you to like yourself, but there's actually plenty, plenty to love about yourself. So much so I sent my son Jesus to die for it. You were bought with a price purchased by the blood of Jesus.

How dare you hate yourself. God loves you.

(an excerpt from our first message in the Song of Songs series)