Self-worth is the belief that our lives have value and significance. However, how do we know our own worth? Do we look to ourselves or others in order to grasp our value? To be truthful, these two viewpoints are in grave danger of being distorted.

Can you imagine that before we were born, God established our real worth by knowing us and choosing us? St. Paul said: “He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight” (Ephesians 1:3-14).

Sadly to say, repeated rejection is the breeding ground for low self-worth. Often this results in an inferiority complex, demonstrated in either fearfully timid attitudes or overly-aggressive attitudes.

Godly discernment brings thoughts, emotions, the behavior of self-respect, self-worth, self-love (Romans 12:3). Then we can love because it is said God loved us first (I John 4:19). This is a love that always seeks the highest and best for others. He has a purpose for them as well as us. Beyond our expectation, He can help us, love, by knowing our worth to Him (Matthew 22:37-39, Hebrews 4:15-16).