We all have those days when we wake up, look in the mirror, and are less than happy about the reflection we see looking back at us. For many of us, that feeling lasts for more than just a day – we can perpetually feel bad about our bodies for years on end.
God desires more for us than this. These negative feelings can distract us from receiving His love in the present moment or pursuing His greater purpose for our lives.
Body image negativity ultimately stems from a misunderstanding of our true identities. Unfortunately, the world often places the most value on aspects of ourselves that have the least amount of eternal importance.
For this reason, one of the best ways to combat negative body image is to remind yourself of your true, core identity.
Meditating on scripture allows us to get to know both God and ourselves more fully. Thankfully, there are many Bible verses that demonstrate the love with which God views us as His beloved children.
10 Body Image Bible Verses
Save these Bible verses for bad body image days. Read through them, and find one that sticks out most to you. Then, take some deep breaths and allow them to sink into your heart. Talk to God about how they make you feel.
So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them, male and female He created them.
From the very beginning, you were created in the image and likeness of God. The way He made you was not an accident – it was through the intentional outpouring of Himself.
Meditate on the fact that a perfect God created you in His own image.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
A wonderful creator doesn’t make average or mediocre creations. Ponder what it means to be fearfully and wonderfully made.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Whatever matters most to God should be what matters most to us. Sometimes, we focus more on what other people think about us than on pleasing and glorifying God with our lives.
What’s the current state of your heart? Which areas of your heart are in need of transformation and healing?
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
We’re called to be good stewards of all the gifts God has given us, including our bodies.
Do you treat your body like the temple it is? Do you give it what it needs – physically, spiritually, and mentally?
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
Care for our bodies is important, but it isn’t the most important aspect of our lives.
Where do you put more time, effort, and attention – your physical body, or your soul? Ask God to reveal the areas of your life that are worthy of more focus.
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.
There are many things we can do to disrespect the gift of our bodies. We should strive to honor our bodies in the way we think about them, speak to ourselves about them, feed them, and use them.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
Everything God makes is good, including you. What lies are you believing to the contrary?
Ask God to help you see yourself the way He sees you. Ask Him to reveal the goodness of who you are, outside and in.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
How much time do you spend thinking about your body versus the pursuit of Heaven and God’s will for your life?
Talk to God about where your priorities lie and ask Him to help you order them.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
The worry and anxiety we feel about our bodies can be overwhelming. When you stop to think about why this worry consumes you, what comes up?
Reflect on all the times in your life when God has provided for you, even if the ways in which He did so were unexpected. Invite Him into any and all fears you have about your body.
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
We can often forget that each of us is a member of the body of Christ. You are an important part of this whole.
Reflect on your role as a member of the body of Christ. Ask God to define this more clearly for you; invite Him to show you the impact you’ve made so far and where He’s calling you to grow.
I hope these verses bring some much-needed peace to your life. Remember that you’re not alone in your struggle to accept and love the body you were given. God is always there to help you bear the burden, and so is this community here at The Erica Paige.
Alongside prayer, there are some practical steps you can take to make peace with your body. Check out my free five-day email course, 5 Steps to Food Freedom; or, if you think you might be struggling with an eating disorder, reach out to a licensed mental health professional for help.