Applying Identity in Christ to Eating Disorder Recovery
In Bible verses about identity in Christ, I covered the foundation of identity in Christ. Here let’s look at a couple of examples that apply these principles to your thoughts in eating disorder recovery.
1. “If I’m not at a certain weight, I’m not acceptable.”
Do you think God will love you more at a certain weight? Do you think your outward appearance is as important to Him as it is to you? Furthermore, isn’t it His opinion of you that should matter most?
Let’s look at a verse that focuses on God’s love for you. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom. 8:38-39 If none of those things can affect His love for you, certainly your appearance can’t, either.
What do you think He would say about your appearance and your dissatisfaction with how you look? Perhaps He would say something like this.
“I created you and I love you no matter what you weigh. I wish you wouldn’t cut yourself down about your weight. There’s so much more to you than your appearance. I gave you gifts, talents and personality traits that make you unique. Please try to concentrate on those things instead. I long for you to see and enjoy the wonderful you that I created you to be.”
2. “I’m no good at recovery, and I don’t deserve to recover from this eating disorder anyway.”
Do you think that God went to all the trouble to create you, then provide a way for you to come to Him by sending His Son to die on the cross – and then work in your life in other ways to leave you alone now? Do you think He enjoys seeing you suffer in the eating disorder life?
Granted, you may have lied to others and you may have hurt others in your eating disorder. You may have been angry with God, and you may have made some unwise choices as a result of the eating disorder. That doesn’t mean that God loves you any less and that He isn’t available to help you. If you’ve sinned in some way in regard to your eating disorder, confess that to Him. Then find Him ready and waiting to forgive you. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9
Bible verses about identity in Christ show you are a child of God, so you can, therefore, lean on Him for the strength and courage you need to recover. Remember what His Word says in Phil. 4:13, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” What do you think He might say about the matter? Based on His Word, He might use statements similar to these.
“As your Father, I don’t enjoy watching you suffer. I’m waiting for you to come to Me. You don’t have to feel deserving in order to come to Me. Just come to Me as you are and be candid with Me. I’d rather forgive you and have you close to Me again than to see you stuck in the eating disorder without trying to break free. It’s up to you to decide, but I want you to know that My love and strength are available to you whenever you’re ready.”
Can you see that when you look at yourself through what God has to say about you in His Word that you don’t see yourself the same?
I encourage you to examine your thoughts and write down some of the negative things you have to say about yourself. Next, focus on the verses above and see how they may contradict your thoughts. Search for some verses of your own as well. Then decide whom you are going to believe.
Meditate on Bible verses about identity in Christ to help you see His love for you will never change so you can’t go wrong when you believe what He says about you. When other things inside and around you change, you’ll still have Him and His view of you. So please try to see yourself through HIS eyes.
To get much more on the topic, consider getting the See Yourself through God’s Eyes Inside and Out lesson in the Christian Eating Disorder Recovery Course.
By Laurie Glass