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Live up to your true identity
Ds Christo Nel, NG Moedergemeente Riebeeckstad.Photo: Supplied

Hope for the Week: Rev. Christo Nel is a parson of the Dutch Reformed Church in Riebeeckstad.

Useless. Good for nothing. Ugly. Hopeless. Pathetic. Bad. Stupid.

How many people hear words like this every day?

When people speak negative words over you on a daily basis, it is no wonder that, over the long haul, you start to believe what others are saying about you. Before long, you will look in the mirror and start saying it about yourself, and start living as though your life has no value.

But this is not the way God looks at you.

Zephaniah 3:17 shows you how God really feels about you.

The Lord your God is with you; his power gives you victory. The Lord will take delight in you, and in his love he will give you new life. He will sing and be joyful over you.

God takes delight in you. He sings over you. He created you in his image (Genesis 1:27).

To be created in God’s image is to have his character. That means you are the bearer of love, respect, hope and forgiveness. Believe that this is who God created you to be. This is your true identity.

He loves you so much that he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to die in your place on the cross.

You and I were supposed to die for our sins – but Jesus loved us so much that He took our place.

When He rose again three days later, He not only conquered death, but made it possible for you to start living in your real identity.

You are not pathetic, you are not useless. You are a child of God.

You have been created in his image.

Start living up to that image. He loves you and wants you to become what He made you to be.

) Rev. Christo Nel is a parson of the Dutch Reformed Church in Riebeeckstad.

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