At the orphanage, Miss Gabriel believed that sickness was always a result of sin. Therefore, whenever Dorie became ill, the stern matron would snap, “It’s the Lord! He’s punishing you. If you weren’t so naughty, you wouldn’t be sick.” A harsh, punishing God was the only kind of heavenly Father Dorie ever heard about. She heard nothing about His love.
Those who have a warped view of themselves often have a warped view of God. When people feel unworthy of love, respect, and approval from others, often they feel even more unworthy of God’s love, respect, and approval. Their faulty beliefs lead them to draw faulty conclusions about God. These wrong beliefs about God serve only to sabotage their relationship with God and kill any hope of ever being valued or used by God.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12)
If you suffer with low self-worth and feel concerned about your relationship with God, place a check mark (√) by the statements below that are true of you.
- I have difficulty feeling acceptable to God.
- I have difficulty admitting my guilt to God.
- I have difficulty forgiving God.
- I have difficulty trusting God.
- I have difficulty accepting the forgiveness of God.
- I have difficulty living in the grace of God.
- I have difficulty feeling loved by God.
- I have difficulty feeling wanted by God.
- I have difficulty thinking God has designed a special plan for me.
- I have difficulty believing the promises of God are for me.
If you are struggling spiritually, wondering about the reality and role of God in your life, you need to know that …
“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)
Frequently Asked Questions: How could God allow abuse?
QUESTION: “How could a loving God allow abuse?”
ANSWER: God did not create people to be puppets but to be free agents, able to make their own choices. In granting people that freedom, He knew people would choose to sin against Him and against one another. Make no mistake: God is not the abuser. He hates the evil of abuse and will one day repay those who do evil.
“I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.” (Isaiah 13:11)
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