Read Matthew 16: 13b-17
What do you believe to be true about yourself?
If you have negative beliefs about yourself, have you ever stopped to think about how they got there in the first place?
If you have positive beliefs about yourself, what in your life brought you to that conclusion?
One of the most common ways we receive the beliefs about ourselves is from other people. Starting with the day that we were born we have received messages from important people in our lives (teachers, parents, friends, ect). These messages have been both positive and negative. Throughout our life we decide what messages we want to keep and what message we want to ignore. That is not always easy, however it is easy for us to remember everything people say about us (especially the negative messages).
At some point we come into our own identity. We may use the advice from other people. Jesus did this.
Jesus knew why he was sent into the world, he knew what his purpose was, but he still wanted to know what people thought about him.
Then Jesus said you are my friends, you know me the best, who do YOU say that I am — and Peter got it right. He said that he knew Jesus was the messiah.
Our good friends know who we are…..
Our God knows who we are….
So when we are trying to figure out who we are, it is okay to listen to our close friends – it is okay to listen to people we trust. But even more so let us listen to God. God tells us that we are His beloved children and God tells us that He loves us.
So what does our God say about You?
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, You have been so merciful to all of us. Cleanse us from all our sins for Jesus’ sake, and make us strong to walk before You and share your name with all people. Amen.