Hi sweet sweet readers! Today’s short post is going to be all about self loveee. *cue Katy Perry’s “Firework”*
Yes ladies and gents, not only are we talking about self love, but what that means as a believer in Christ and what God intends self love to look like!
Let us turn to scripture, shall we?
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
– Matthew 22:36-39
We are called to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Now think about that for a moment; evaluate what that means. Maybe you can ask yourself:
Do you love yourself? Do you love yourself well? Friends, if we don’t know how to love ourselves, how the heck could we ever try and love others?
I am not saying that loving yourself means satisfying all of your flesh’s desires- that is NOT what God has called us to. In fact, we are called to love God first and foremost, (referring back to Matthew 22:37) NOT worship our bodies. And I believe that if we love God and know Him more intimately, we slowly learn how to properly love ourselves because we are starting to see ourselves how our Heavenly Father does.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
– Psalm 139:14
Because of Jesus, because we are the inheritance of the King of kings, because we were created by the ultimate creator, we are worth so much. Not because of anything we have done, but solely due to everything that Jesus did for us. I hope we, yes we, can remind ourselves of this sweet truth because it is all the reason why we should love ourselves. I will admit, I am not the greatest at giving myself the “Go easy on yourself, you’re doing the best that you can!” speech. I am quick to beat myself up and make up ten thousand reasons why I am worthless, but the cool thing is that I know the cross says otherwise about me. With that said, here are some ways we can all love ourselves better:
- Read the Word and how much God loves ya
- Dance around to some bumpin’ worship music
- Write a paragraph about some of your many great qualities
- Go for a stroll
- Dress up all fancy shmancy one day every week
- Tell yourself in the mirror that you are LOVED
- Do something nice for someone else
- Pet a puppy or some other cute, fuzzy animal
- Be around encouraging friends
- Watch a funny movie or video
These are just a few of the many things that you can do to show yourself some love. I think it’s important that we take some time aside each week to do things like this because when we are confident in who God made us to be, then we can feel confident when we go out and share our testimonies. We can tell others about our brokeness and not feel guilt-ridden, but full of love because we know that Jesus wiped us clean.
Friends, when we loves ourselves as children of the One True King, we can love others. I hope we can all remember that the next time we look in the mirror.