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Opinion: Jamie Stephens (Guest Columnist) – You are not an accident…or mistake

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You are not an accident…or mistake

Has anyone ever insulted you and caused you to despise something about yourself?
God says this, “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” –James 1:26.
It’s best not to associate with people who emotionally or physically tear us down. Keep a distance, and pray for them. Jesus says to pray for those who persecute us. We are shown by Jesus’s example as He died on the cross to forgive them because they are being tormented and confused by Satan, and they do not know what they are doing.
It’s important that take care of ourselves because we belong to Christ. Our body is His temple. If anyone destroys or insults God’s temple, they are insulting God. (I Corinthians 3:16:17).
There are several unique traits in every person on this earth. Everyone is different, and God created us to be distinctive. But all of us have one thing in common. God created us. He fearfully and wonderfully made all of us in our mother’s wombs. (Psalm 139:13-14).
Everyone has special gifts, talents, or abilities that are meant to be used for the glory of God. The Lord made all of us in His image (Genesis 1:27).
But because we live in a fallen world, there are flaws in all of us. No one is or ever was perfect except Christ. (Romans 5:12). But God’s love for everyone is beyond imagination. His love is more powerful and overwhelming than anything else in existence because He is Love.
God exists in three. God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God the Father created the world and is the Father of everything and everyone in creation. The Son is Jesus. The Holy Spirit is sent to dwell in us after we’re born again. The Holy Spirit’s what makes us a part of Him. We are His children. God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die on the cross for our sins so that we could be saved from an eternity of suffering. (John 3:16)
The Lord loves us so much that He knows all the hairs numbered on our heads. (Matthew 10:30). He loves us so much that He forgives us for hurting Him and each other. The Lord answers all our prayers. Most of the time, He answers by giving us what’s best.
Most times, what we request is not the best thing for us or others. God knows all, and He knows what’s best because He knows the past, present, and future. He has our best interests at heart. What we believe is the best for us may be the worst.
God wants all of us to take care of ourselves and do what’s best for us so that we can continue living to serve and glorify Him here. When we remain around those who harm us emotionally, physically, or sexually, and they refuse to surrender to listen and surrender to Christ, we begin to believe we are unworthy. Then, we begin living in destruction.
But God also reminds us to never become prideful and believe we are better than anyone else. Christ is to be placed first, and we are to always remain humble before each other and God.
Christ didn’t come to be served but to serve others. He also expects all of us to do the same. (Mark 10:44-45)
For those who are humble toward Christ and each other will receive riches, honor, and life. Serving others is a great way to take care of ourselves. (Proverbs 22:4) By serving others, we are serving God.
The Lord created everyone and every living thing, and everyone is special in their own way. God desires for all of us to forgive each other and ourselves for our flaws.
“If a man say ‘I love God’, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” –I John 4:20.
Everyone is fearfully and wonderfully made. God creates no mistakes or accidents. Although all of us are born in a world that instills sin in us, each of us have the option of choosing an abundant, purposeful life of joy in eternity by our faith and belief in the Son who has the power to raise the dead and destroy wickedness!

Jamie Stephens is
from Jackson Parish, Louisiana.
She is the author of three books
and is a regional reporter for
The Louisiana Baptist Message.