We all have been in circumstances when our own harsh inner voice has crept into our consciousness, the voice that we cannot help but listen to, no matter how our logical minds say we shouldn’t. Most of the time, it whispers about our self-worth. While it can be difficult, here are four scriptures that can help you battle self-doubt, and see yourself as Heavenly Father sees you.
1. John 3:16
“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.”
My school had over 8,000 students, and I found myself in a sea of people almost all the time: entering school, buying food at the canteen, and especially during school events. This led me to ask the question, “There are billions of people in this planet, am I really that important?”
This verse has been the answer to that very question of mine. It has made me realize how important we are to Him. Our Heavenly Father loved us so much He gave his only Son to sacrifice for our mistakes and sins, because He wants us to return one day to Him.
2. Ether 12:27
“..I give unto men weakness that they may be humble… for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.”
The scriptures tell us that all of us possess weaknesses because they have an impact on our own personal progression. Often times, we dwell so much on our weaknesses that we do not let “weak things” become “strong.” But this verse can give us the comfort of knowing that our flaws are meant to be strengths. Weaknesses help us recognize our reliance on the Lord, making us humble and more conscious of our existing strengths.
3. Romans 8:16-17
“We are the children of God… And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.”
Too often the reason behind our feelings of self-doubt and lack of confidence in ourselves is because we forget our eternal identity and nature. The world says that self-worth is best measured by abilities, appearance and achievements.
However, we are sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. He loves us endlessly. Instead of recognizing our worth by the world’s standard, we should remember our infinite worth to the Lord.
4. Doctrine and Covenants 18:10
“Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.”
This simple verse allowed me to conquer any self-doubting or cynical thoughts that I had about myself. Our worth, I realized, cannot be measured by any worldly scale. Instead, it is important for us to focus on what great worth we have in His sight. Also, what we’re really worth is the capacity given to us to become like Him and do as He did.
In President Monson’s words, “Your Heavenly Father loves you—each of you. That love never changes. It is not influenced by your appearance, by your possessions, or by the amount of money you have in your bank account. It is not changed by your talents and abilities. His love is simply there. When you are sad or happy, discouraged or hopeful, it is there for you .God’s love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve love. It is simply always there.”