Loving Others

Perhaps the most difficult people to love are ourselves. I believe it is important that we take care of ourselves and I feel that the Bible encourages us to do so. Why do we have such a hard time letting ourselves off the hook and being proud of ourselves? Do you ever look in the mirror and tell yourself that you’re doing a good job?
In order to appreciate ourselves, we must learn to see ourselves the way God sees us. Remember that you are created in His image (Genesis 1:27). Romans 8:16+17 tells us that we are children of God and joint-heirs with Christ! John 3:16 tells us that we are loved and 1 John 1:9 states that He has forgiven us. Think of yourself in this way.
Changing our perception of our identity is only the first step. We must also give ourselves permission to forgive ourselves and to be proud of ourselves. James 4:14 reminds us that this life is but a vapor. We should learn to enjoy the days. I challenge you all to look in the mirror this week and smile at yourself. Tell yourself something that you really like about you. Buy yourself a piece of chocolate or a new shirt or something else just because it makes you feel good. Give yourself permission to just be silly and make yourself laugh. If you want to take it seriously, go online and look up “self-care tips.”
Loving yourself takes just as much practise as loving others…and it’s just as important.

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