• Michael Haldas

Worth and Worthiness

“…a good man and a very bright priest, sent me an email. In it he said, “I’ve come to the realization that my all-too-easy focus on my own unworthiness is tragically connected and interconnected to some of my own demons, that is, ‘I’m not good enough and never will be.’ And I easily call to mind my faults and blunders. I usually forget immediately anything good that I’ve done.” I’m a clinical psychologist who sees all kinds of people in all kinds of roles and all kinds of occupations. That priest’s astute insight into himself, his inner journey, is a statement of the same thoughts that many people, both men and women, unearth in counseling sessions. We feel inadequate. We can remember our faults and blunders but not much else.” (Albert S. Rossi, PhD)


“Utilitarian thinking is often disguised, but it still can result in lifelong entrapment if it is allowed in. Take the example of college. Most of us have been pragmatists, seeing college as a transactional entity in which the student spends four years of time and tuition to receive back a lucrative career. Parents advise their children to major in something “useful” rather than in the humanities, often under threat of withholding financial support. Desiring a sustainable career is noble, but such recommendations debase education—and our humanity. The pragmatic goal of having a useful degree can calcify into a dogma—or worse, reaffirm an unquestioned assumption—that you are only worthwhile if you are useful.” (Makoto Fujimura)


“Humility is necessary if we are to see into our wounds. However, one of obstacles to the discovery of the Divine Presence, that is the ground of even our wounds, is that we easily get caught in judging our own faults and failings…Somehow we come to believe that we are simply not adequate; that we can never be good enough…True humility is not convincing yourself that you are worthless but recognizing God’s worth in you.” (Martin Laird, Life Application Study Bible, 1 Corinthians 15:9.10)


“God wants us to learn our self-worth, and to understand that we are new creations in Jesus. We are valuable and loved by Him. This is a truth that we must guard carefully, in our hearts It is also a stabilizing force in our life as we learn to reject the negativity and poison the enemy tries to throw at us, or seeks to sow inside us.” (Frank Hammond)


“People with solid self-esteem don't measure their self-worth by how they perform. They are humble and know only God is perfect; in their enthusiasm they seek each day to receive the grace to be more responsive to what is good.” (Robert J. Wicks)


“Being"worthy” does not mean being sinless, but being cleansed. It is not legalism but commitment to walk in righteousness before God.” (Orthodox Study Bible, 1 Corinthians 11:28)

"We are unworthy in and of ourselves and there is nothing we can do to change that other than accept the truth of Christ…being worthy isn’t about perfecting our behavior by our own will power. It is about really never losing the appreciation and awe for [Christ]… We are made worthy by Him.” (Sacramental Living)

“When we realize we are unworthy, paradoxically in that moment, we are actually worthy in God’s eyes because we are allowing Him in our hearts to help us become better people.” (Sacramental Living)

"Jesus wants us all to receive Him. At the last supper account in the Bible, He offers His body and blood to everyone at the table, including Judas Iscariot who had already made up his mind to betray Jesus. Judas was about to commit one of the worst sins ever, betraying Christ, and still, even knowing what was in his mind and heart, Jesus was reaching out to him. This is a powerful lesson for us not to deny ourselves through our own feelings of unworthiness, or worse to judge others and think they should not receive Christ.” (Joseph Girzone)

“The key to an honest and accurate self-evaluation is knowing the basis of our self-worth—our identity in Christ.” (Life Application Study Bible, Romans 12:3)


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