It can be tricky to know you have worth in a world that sends so many mixed messages. You’re too fat, too skinny, too weird, not smart enough, not talented enough, not rich, etc., etc., etc….
Not only that, but Satan will use any “in” he has to his advantage. Abuse is easily manipulated into feelings of shame, disgust, hate, anger, fear, and yes, a lack of self-worth. But, remember, the scriptures tell us Satan is “the father of all lies” (see Moses 4:4). Lying is what Satan does best, trying to lead God’s children away by convincing them there is no God, their life is pointless, and it doesn’t matter what you choose to do as long as you are “happy.” The careful and calculated lies are pelted from every imaginable angle, any little tiny way he can assert his influence if we are willing to listen.
Those who have suffered sexual abuse seem to have a gaping hole where Satan sends a continuous, and sometimes debilitating, stream of lies he wants us to believe about ourselves and those around us. The voice of inadequacy screams even louder. We question our worth to those around us and doubt that God loves us, or even cares. If we were important to Him, why did God allow us to be abused? Why do I have to keep suffering? God abandoned you. If he loved you, he never would have let this happen. No one can ever love you. You’re damaged, broken, disgusting . . .
Sheri Dew, a former member of the General Relief Society presidency said, “Clearly, Satan wants us to see ourselves as the world sees us, not as the Lord sees us,…because the more clearly we understand our divine destiny, the more immune we become to Satan.”
Fortunately, our loving Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ declare the opposite of Satan’s message. There are many scriptures and talks that testify of this truth:
- “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). – the Atonement would have happened, even if it was only for one person, such as YOU.
- “Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God” (Doctrine and Covenants 18:10). – completely the opposite of what Satan wants us to believe.
- “For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39). – God glories in us.
- “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” (Romans 8:16-17). – Pray to hear the Spirit testify to you that you are a child of God, even an heir, worthy of being glorified together with God and Christ.
You are not only of infinite and divine worth, but Heavenly Father loves you. He loves you regardless of what has happened to you or anything you have done. Trust in Him. Trust in the Atonement. Let your hope and faith grow. There is a purpose to your life, a mission for you to fulfill during your time on earth. Do not let Satan’s lies permeate your thoughts.
It may take time to truly believe in yourself, to believe in your worth and how infinitely God loves you as His child. Keep praying and asking for this answer. He will answer.
You are worth it.