Self-image is a battle that many women face. We struggle with knowing our worth is not from our image, weight, or appearance. But does the Bible have anything to say that can help us? The answer is a resounding YES! There are many applicable Bible verses about self-worth that can guide and direct us as we think through our self-worth journey.
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What Does the Bible say About A Woman’s Worth?
During my first postpartum I lost weight very successfully on THM with very little effort. My second and third postpartum period has been quite the opposite, I gained weight while nursing, and now no matter how I tweak the plan, I still am stuck at a horrific weight that I despise. Bible verses about self-image have become very comforting as I’ve sat at Jesus’ feet and asked ‘why?
I have walked this journey many times in my life and I have often contemplated extensively why I tie my worth to my weight. How about you? Are you reading this because your worth is so intrinsically tied to the weight that you struggle with within your faith and relationships?
My self-image has been a journey that has seen more lows than highs. Can I be honest? These are the scripts that have run through my head my entire life. Do any of them sound familiar to you?
You are not beautiful enough to be loved.
You are fat, ugly, and better off alone and miserable.
You do not deserve anything unless you lose more weight.
Hating yourself is the only good thing you’ve ever done.
If you are going to stay this fat and ugly, you are better dead.
Recently a new one has crept its way in.
Once your kids realize how fat you are, they will never love you again.
That’s where I have been for most of my life. I sometimes feel like the apostle Paul when he spoke about the thorn in his flesh (2 Corinthians 12). I have pleaded with God to take away my consistent weight struggle, and after years and years, he has answered by saying.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
The truth is, if God has given you a struggle with self-worth, it just may be the greatest gift you will ever receive. What is better? A woman puffed up with pride and dignity who has no need for anyone but herself? Or a woman who is steadily walking a journey toward Christ in his sufficiency not her own?
These Bible verses about self-worth truly have the capacity to shake up your entire world if you decided to open your heart and let God do some work.
What Does God say about Self Worth?
Of course, there needs to be balance in this journey. Many of these Bible verses about self-worth are just a starting point. There is so much more in scripture that needs our attention. We need to live a healthy lifestyle, but the mirror also cannot hold power over our self-image. It’s time to cleanse our hearts and mind with the unrelenting power of scripture.
Our self-worth primarily and foremost should be rooted in our relationship with Christ. That is the thing that will not pass away. Our looks, weight, and image will fluctuate and change, but the power of the cross and Jesus will not. 1 John 4:10 says,
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.1 John 4:10 ESV
When you question your self-worth, look back at these Bible verses about self-worth and remember that God loved you first. He loved you so much that he sent his son! Jesus became a propitiation for our sins! That’s how much he loved you. No matter what your appearance, he came for all!
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12 Bible Verses about Self Worth
Let’s define self-worth before we jump into the rest of the bible verses about self-worth. Self-worth is the ideas and feelings you have about yourself, your appearance, personality, and abilities.
When we struggle with feelings of inadequacy, we need to remember that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by a creator that loves us dearly. When we hate or dislike our appearance or image, we are essentially hating something that our heavenly Father carefully crafted. Psalm 139:13 reminds us that God literally knitted us together. He loves His creation! Don’t forget that!
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.Psalm 139:13 NIV
When we carefully craft and design something, we take pride in our creation. I love doing DIY projects, and when I finish a new one, there is a sense of pride and accomplishment that only comes from putting all of my efforts into creating something new and beautiful.
How much more significant is a living and breathing creation? How dare we disdain that creation when it is created by God himself!
Dear women, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Never forget that. These Bible verses about self-worth are going to prove just that!
I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.Psalm 139:14 ESV
Bible Verses for Low Self Esteem
Our self-esteem can take a large plummet when we are unsatisfied with our physical appearance. Let’s be clear, women can be uncomfortable with their weight, but that’s not the only thing that causes turmoil to our self-esteem. Just over the last year in 2020, let me tell you all the complaints I’ve personally heard from women.
- I’m too fat
- I’m too thin
- My thighs are too big
- My tummy is too flabby
- I don’t like my nose
- My skin is too tainted
It’s no wonder we shrink away with confusion and doubt when the Bible clearly tells us that God has made us uniquely beautiful. Next time you find yourself trapped in the mindset that you are less than adequate, reject that temptation! Look to 1 Corinthians 10:13 and Philippians 4:13, don’t believe the lies!
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.Philippains 4:13 ESV
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.1 Corinthains 10:13 NIV
Bible Verses about Self-Worth and Beauty
One of my favorite verses about beauty is Proverbs 31:30. I love it because it really zones in our focus on where our true self-worth lies. This Bible verse about self-image changes the modern-day script of our worth being found in our appearance and instead flips the script on its head and points us back to our creator.
We should not be praised for our appearance, but instead, be praised for our fear or our right relationship with our Lord and Savior.
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.Proverbs 31:30 ESV
Our image and appearance will change with time. We all have seen celebrities trying to turn back time and have that perfect 20-year-old body. God created us to age. He created us for different seasons. The childbearing season will look very different than the empty nester season. Yet both bring a very unique beauty that only can be found if we truly embrace all that the season offers.
Likewise, 1 Corinthians 10:31 slips the modern-day script. We live in a culture of ‘self-care’, ‘self-exaltation’, and ‘self-worth.’ Yet when I look at 1 Corinthians 10:31 I am reminded that all of our actions should be rooted in praising and glorifying God.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV
Bible Verses about Self Image
Next time you find yourself wrestling with insecurity, I want you to try something. Open your Bible to Philippians 4:6-7 and pray that scripture over yourself. A great practice is to add your own name when you can. For example, if I was praying this over myself, I might say “and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard Rachael’s heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.”
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
Bible Verses about Taking Care of Yourself
We can’t talk about self-image without talking about self-care. There is a sharp difference between balanced self care and selfish self-care. What is the difference?
Even Jesus took care of himself. He would often retreat to pray or separate himself from his disciples. It’s almost as if he needed time to rejuvenate. If self-care is intended to be a point of rejuvenation so you can serve and live better, we have no issue. But if self-care is elevated to the place where it becomes the ‘ultimate’ we have missed the point.
Self-care should always be rooted in glorifying God. Never in exalting ourselves. God tells us in Matthew 6:25 that He will provide for all our needs. Self-care included. We can also remember that our ultimate prize is not living our best life on this earth, our ultimate prize is the heaven-bound one that we will find in eternity.
The conclusion? Take care of yourself, but not at the price of self-absorption.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?Matthew 6:25 NIV
I have a pretty serious question for you as you contemplate all the Bible verses about self worth. What is your end goal? What is the goal of your journey on this earth? Is it to be beautiful? Worthy of something? Dear sisters, if these Bible verses about self worth teach you anything, it should be that our end goal is not our own worth, but the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord and savior!
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.Philippians 3:13-14 ESV
Learning to Live with Proper Self Image
If I leave you with anything, I want you to remember that despite all the feelings of insecurity you may be facing, you are loved that God. He created you as his workmanship for great things. You may struggle with believing it, but God has declared you beautiful just as you are. Live in that confidently. Believe these Bible verses about self-image and walk out of your insecurity and into the arms of Jesus.
Ephesians 2:10 reminds us that we are His workmanship! We are created in Christ Jesus for good works! What greater mission and value is there than that?
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.Ephesians 2:10 ESV