14 Powerful Bible Verses for the Girl Who Doesn't Feel Skinny Enough
You're standing in the dressing room mirror again, about to cry because you think you can't pull of that cute outfit you want to buy.
You're scrolling through social media again, feeling less than because your body doesn't look like the Instagram model with all the followers.
You put on an over sized T-shirt and running shorts again because you don't feel confident in other clothes.
Again, you hide behind someone else in the picture because you don't want the camera to add anymore pounds.
Do any of those scenarios sound or feel familiar?
We want to get the attention of the cute boy in Chem class, or be the fittest one at the gym (or at least look like we know what we're doing). We gain a few pounds and can't help but wish we looked like we used to.
It's so easy to not feel good enough when the world tells us that our body isn't acceptable or attractive. But what does the Bible say about "being skinny?" What does God want you to know about your body?"
1. The Lord Created Us and We Are His
"Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in your midst?" 1 Corinthians 3:16
As born again Christians, our bodies are a temple-- God's temple. And He lives inside of us! If your body wasn't good enough or acceptable to Him, the Lord wouldn't claim you as His or choose to dwell inside of you!
On top of that, our body is a supposed to be a temple, not an idol. When we focus too much on how we look and what others think of us, then we are putting our appearance and other's opinions over God.
"Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture." Psalm 100:3
"For You formed my inner parts; You knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:14
"So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." Genesis 1:27
It's no secret that God created us. But think of the power in that! God, the Highest King, the Lord of Lords, the Almighty Father, crafted us by hand-- just because He wanted to! He made us wonderful and perfect in His eyes. And He made us in His image! Girl, that's so much better than an image in a magazine!
Like Psalm 139:14 says, let's start praising God for making us how we are instead of wishing He had made us differently.
"For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10
I love this verse because it says we are the Lord's handiwork. Other translations say we are His masterpiece. That means we (and our bodies!!) are God's precious pieces of art! Don't you think it hurts Him when we think bad things about ourselves and look down on the art He loves and took time to create?
The second part of the verse talks about the works God has prepared us to do. He has a unique purpose for everyone. Do you think we could all achieve the special plan the Lord has set for us if we all looked the same?
2. What God Values Most Is On the Inside
"But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
The Lord tells Samuel here not to consider someone based on their looks. This is because the Lord does not judge based on the outer appearance. He cares about what's on the inside! So let's do like the Lord says, and stop evaluating ourselves based on our looks, and start caring about what's in our hearts.
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"Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious." 1 Peter 3:3-4
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2
"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." Colossians 3:2
But what should be in our hearts? 1 Peter says that God values a gentle and quiet spirit. We should set a goal of being kind and pleasant. Our actions should be our focus, not our appearance.
Also, we should strive to strengthen our relationship with God over strengthening our bodies. The Lord wants us to focus our minds on heaven and doing God's will for our lives, not on the world and it's superficial priorities.
"For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come." 1 Timothy 4:8
"Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." Proverbs 31:30
Another reason God focuses on the heart and not the body is because appearance is fleeting. As we know, everyone gets old eventually. We wrinkle, our bodies change shape, our hair grows grayer and thinner. The youthful beauty that got that Instagram model all those likes will fade away, as well as her popularity.
The Lord wants us to focus on what will never fade: a heart for Him. 1 Timothy even says that exercise has little value compared to a godly heart. Put your focus into what lasts for eternity.
3. He Loves Us Unconditionally
"You are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you." Isaiah 43:4
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:37-39
"For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight." Ephesians 1:4
All in all, it doesn't matter what you look like, who has ridiculed you, or how badly you've felt about yourself. God loves you no matter what! And nothing can separate us from that love. As Christians, we are "holy and blameless in His sight."
A size 2 or a size 14... 120 pounds or 300 pounds... He loves us all and revels in the uniqueness of our being. And He wants you to feel the freedom to do that too!
Yours In Christ,