Is Cosmetic Surgery Okay?

Where Do You Find Your Identity?

If we find our identity in our appearance, we seek security in what other people think about us. The reality is that our identity and worth is in Jesus. Julie Lowe is a counselor and faculty member for CCEF. She holds an M.A. in counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary, has over fifteen years of counseling experience, and teaches on topics ranging from women’s issues to body image. Listen as Julie explains the identity and liberty we find in Jesus and how that relates to cosmetic surgery.  

Julie points out that the issue is not necessarily with cosmetic surgery, but with the motivation behind having the surgery. We have freedom in Christ, but we must find our security in Him. 

Julie explains one major pitfall of someone who finds their worth in their appearance is they are being admired rather than being known. What is the difference between being admired and being known? Do you lean toward one more than the other? If so, why?
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How does the fact that your identity and worth is found in Jesus transform the way you view yourself, or the idea of cosmetic surgery?
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Does the notion of being fully known by God scare you or excite you? Why? How does being known play into your personal view of cosmetic surgery?
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In light of Julie’s challenge to be less self-centered and more others-focused, what can you do to shift your focus away from yourself and onto others? How can you serve the people around you this week?
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Your value is found in Jesus, not in your appearance. Embrace who you are in Christ. Let Him dictate your worth. 

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