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6 Bible Verses I Read When I'm Struggling With Body Image

a woman is holding a bible and reading it overlooking a mountain
a woman is holding a bible and reading it overlooking a mountain

Our bodies are amazing and we often forget to appreciate all they do for us when we are struggling with negative body image thoughts. Sometimes we focus on our perceived flaws, instead of seeing our own beauty. I have found it is a challenge to live in a society where diet culture thrives and tells us we need to look a certain way to be considered beautiful.

However when I looked in the Bible, I found that all of our bodies are beautiful because they are made in God’s image. I encourage you to meditate on the verses below and challenge those critical thoughts in your mind. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. I want you to know that you are beautiful, and your body is perfect just the way you are right now.

  1. Psalm 139:14 – “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

  2. Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

  3. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – “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.”

  4. 1 Timothy 4:8 – “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.”

  5. 1 Samuel 16:7 – “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’”

  6. Genesis 1:26-27 – “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

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Are there any other Bible verses you would add to this list? Tell us in the comments.

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