Everything has a label attached to it. Food has labels, clothes has labels, furniture has a label. There are very few things out there that...

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Everything has a label attached to it. Food has labels, clothes has labels, furniture has a label. There are very few things out there that does not have a label. Unfortunately, people also have labels attached to themselves.

Some of these labels we place on ourselves, other labels are given to us by others. Then there are labels that we tend to acquire. The labels that we give ourselves almost always are better than what they should be. We tell ourselves we are 100% when actually we are about 60%. We label ourselves as good, smart, beautiful, funny, friendly, giving, whatever you feel about yourself at that moment. On the opposite some of us tell ourselves we are no good, dumb, ugly, no one likes me. These are the labels that we think gives us our value, our worth.

The labels that others give us would include things like he/she is smart, cool, has lots of friends, very giving, friendly, trendy, etc. Then we can also have labels from others that can say he/she is rude, tight fisted, loud mouthed, back stabber. These are labels that others have measured our worth, our value.

But the true label that counts is the one we acquire. And the way we acquire this is by our actions, our thoughts, our hearts. The Bible tells us, "You shall know them by their fruits," Matthew 7:16. So if the fruits are our deeds, then that is how we are known. People will see what it is we actually do, what we say, how we act to gather information that then will give them the label they will place on you.

In all actuality, we should not label anyone, but as humans we have this intense need to label things, people included. If our deeds are opposite of the label we have given ourselves, the label we tell others, people will see right through this and then re-label you, and not in a good way!! I am determined to live up to the label that I have given myself, I have set the bar high for a reason. Not to bluff people into believing I am better that anyone, or to fool people about who I really am, but to encourage myself to be who I want to be. Be who Jesus wants me to be.

But for the ones who want to label themselves in a negative way, devaluing yourself, I have some good news for you. Jesus sees you as a 100%
So much so that He has died on a cross for you. He allowed men to beat Him to a bloody pulp, call Him nasty names, then hang Him up on a cross, all because He loves you.

There is no reason why we should label ourselves less than what God thinks of us. To do this actually a form of pride, we are shifting our focus off of Jesus and onto ourselves and this puts us a center of our own world.

I want everyone to know that labels do not make us.

Labels do not define us!!!!


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9 comments:

  1. YESS YES and YES I 100% agree with this.

    I spent so much of my life trying to put myself in a category/labeling myself.

    I have to tell ya, I finally found it. I'm not Type A, nor Type B - I'm Type M.E.! :) And I have found myself alone here....

    Because, you hit the nail on the head, I am UNIQUE!

    Thanks for posting this...so many are so consumed by this type of thing in their life. This is an important message to get out.

    God bless you.
    Patty (fanta4two.com)

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  4. I agree with you, the most important label is the one that we acquire. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm following you back!
    -Mariely

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  5. Your post makes me think of two Bible passages, both good reasons for setting the bar high...

    Proverbs 22:1
    A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

    1 Peter 1:14-16
    As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

    But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

    Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

    I am from the blog-hop and am now following your blog.

    :) Hope

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  6. I agree with you 100%. Labels are a terrible thing, and what makes it bad is I'm probably the most guilty of making them.

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  7. Thank you for following, and yes labeling can be a tricky area in anyones life. We do not want to do it but we as human beings tend to do it anyway...that is where repentance and grace come in...thank you Jesus for letting us do that!!

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  8. Hi! Newest follower via GFC from The Things You Can Think blog hop! Would love to have you follow me back!

    Kristy @ Shona Skye Creations
    http://shonaskye.blogspot.com

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