What do You Believe?
What do you believe about God? What do you believe about yourself? Your answers to these two questions determine so much about your direction. If viewed falsely, these beliefs can cause us to be stuck or even feel defeated—in relationships with others, in our relationship with God, in our choices, and in our thinking. Since going through your divorce or separation, have you felt that your identity has been taken away or wondered if you are even worthy of love? These are areas where we can have false beliefs about ourselves. One negative thought can lead to another, and before you know it, you have spiraled downward into a hole of hopelessness. Divorce is an event, NOT your identity. Let me say that again. Divorce is an event, not your identity.
So what identifies us? For those of us who are Christians, we can find our identities in Christ. God loves each of us dearly, despite our fears, faults, and failures. He sent his Son so that we could have a relationship with him. So, when you feel attacked by negative thoughts, take time to stop and renew your mind with the truth. You are worthy of love, and God wants to heal you and give you strength each day.
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)
Possible next step: Some false beliefs can be so deep-rooted that it is difficult to sort through to the truth on your own. A professional counselor can help you navigate through this process. For a referral visit, buckheadchurch.org/counseling.
Resources: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero