Did you read Part 1:I choose to love God? If not go do so now!
I choose to love myself
Human love must be modeled on God’s love. I cannot love others without loving myself and I cannot love myself without loving God and understanding His love!
Between all of these tasteless reality shows, sharing of twerk videos online, engaging in destructive behaviors, sleeping with married people, allowing significant others to repeatedly cheat, etc it is clear we don't have a healthy love for ourselves. We love drama, attention, and pseudo-affection.
I have struggled with addictive and destructive behaviors a majority of my adult life mainly because of the lack of love I had for myself (for whatever reason) and a desire to fill this void in any manner that helped me cope. I won't lie and say that I still don't have days where self-hate attempts to consume. But I will say I am now able to recognize the root of the problem and turn back to God for His help...It may not happen quickly, sometimes it take 15seconds sometimes it takes 2 months, but it does happen.
I do the best at loving me when I am properly loving on God. You see He reminds me of who I am in Him. He reminds me that I am unique and there is nobody in this whole world that can minister in the manner I can. He also
reminds me when I don’t feel loved by anyone else He will never leave me and forever love me.
When we learn to love God and accept His love we learn to treat ourselves with respect and worth. We allow God to bring people in our life that validate us in a healthy manner and we stop entertaining foolish people, places, and things. We as a people (human race) can't really love ourselves because we know God's name but don't really know Him or the extent of His love. I'm trying out something new...Instead of getting disgusted and discouraged with other people's behaviors and especially my own, I pray for the ability to purely feel God's love, to find Him and get to know Him for real in that very moment. Doing this gives me a compassionate heart instead of a judgmental one and I am able to see past the behavior to the person and sometimes to the root of the issue. Learning to love God and accept His love gives you a clear perspective into how to forgive yourself, love yourself, and be yourself.
Some might say that loving yourself too much can be a bad thing. I agree. There is a thin line between humility and pride. If the love for yourself causes you to forsake everyone else including God this is an issue. We should put no other god before Him, including ourselves (Exodus 20:3). And the bible also says we shouldn’t think of ourselves too highly (Romans 12:5). But this is another reason it is important to go to God frequently so that we stay on the safe side of humility and love ourselves in a healthy manner that is good for us and for the world around us.
Come back for Part 3 tomorrow: I choose to love others
Don’t miss out, if you haven’t already, sign up for the newsletter by entering your email address below and get these posts straight to your inbox!
Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
Get blogs straight to your inbox