Friends, family, and associates have always viewed me as someone with great confidence and strength. Being the youngest of four siblings, I often found myself being protected and somewhat catered to by them. However, it really was their unconditional love for me, and I see that now. The same love Jesus has for us! According to 1 Corinthians 13:7 7 “It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” I would always try to get away from them thinking they are trying to be in my business; you see I wanted to be independent. While trying to be independent, I suffered with feeling insecure and inadequate.
Comments people made to me influenced those insecurities. Insecure about my body shape, my complexion, and my confidence. I strive for people to know the heart of me. We often put on a defense or guard to protect ourselves from being hurt. However, while we guard our hearts, God is protecting us and giving us a discerning spirit to recognize the enemy!
In 2 Timothy 1:7 He has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power , love, and a sound mind. God makes us who we are and we are wonderful in His eyes! He makes no mistakes. So, love God and follow His lead, learn to love yourself and love others!