affirmation, n. the assertion that something exists or is true (someone confirming what you hope to be true)
One of my love languages is words of affirmation. I feel loved and wanted when somebody compliments me, tells me I'm doing something good, or says 'I love you'. I'm sure many of you are the same way! And even if that isn't one of your main love languages, I'm sure you desire affirmation every now and then. I mean, who doesn't like to be praised?
You're probably waiting for me to tell you desiring praise is a sin. But I'm not here to tell you that. While wanting all of the attention on yourself and flaunting yourself until you get it is wrong, I think its natural to desire affirmation. I mean, that's one of the ways God shows His love for us.
What I want to talk about is when you're not receiving affirmation. That can be hard! You may feel unloved or not needed. I know that when I'm at work and sense that my managers or team leaders are a little upset at something that may have never been my fault, I resort to apologizing. Why? I want them to tell me that it's not my fault and it's okay. That they don't blame me and still trust me. And when they don't say anything like that, or if they don't say anything at all, I feel discouraged.
So what should we, as Christians, do when we feel this way? How do we get past the slump we are in and feel confident again? The answer is to look to Jesus. Do you realize that this life is more about Him than us? I know that all we see are humans and we can't see God, but this world exists for His glory. We feel fulfilled when we focus on Him. He is the reason we are here. We should be looking to Him rather than the world for our affirmation.
Think about this: the Bible is God's love letter to us. Every word in there is seriously affirmation for your soul. He teaches you more about Him, the Lover of your soul. He tells you that you are beautiful. He says that you are loved. He declares that you are enough. Doesn't that beat the affirmation this world offers us anytime? I think it truly does. Read that love letter when you desire affirmation.
So when you desire affirmation you aren't receiving, look to Jesus. Allow Him to fill you up and bring you joy, because He truly will. I wanted to share with you some verses that you may want to memorize or write down for when you are feeling this way:
"Since you were precious in My sight,
You have been honored,
And I have loved you;
Therefore I will give men for you,
And people for your life."
"But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine."
"For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well."
"And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
2 Corinthians 12:9
"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;"
1 Peter 2:9
"And he said, “O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!”So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”"
"The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands."
Love you guys! You are all so beautiful, loved, and treasured.
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