Love yourself


“You shall love your neighbor as yourself”

 Matthew 22:39

Don’t burn me at stake for title – there’s a reason for the title. 

This month for me is about loving myself so that I can truly love those around me. This isnt about loving myself above all else, this is about loving the creation of God that is, me. If God loves me, then I should love me. Flaws and all. 

As part of my self-love month challenge I created alarms that go off every hour to remind me what God says about me. And to remind me of the the phrases that are triggers of self-doubt; not to create self-doubt to counter it. 

I’ve always stopped worrying about my physical appearance so intently – it had become an idol of negativity for me as it is for so many people as well. 

This month challenge for me has a goal – At the end of the month I want to be able to say in full confidence that I love myself as I am, as God has created me to be and that confidence will not shaken or removed by anyone or any circumstance. 

People may have expectations and I will do my best to meet them but overall I must meet God’s expectations.

His expectations?

Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O man [Insert your name], what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

 If I do this everyday, in everything I do – from work to driving to interacting with my family to shopping to church to cooking to cleaning to whatever else – then I have met God’s expectations, and that is enough.

We must do this with God’s help, we cannot do this alone. You aren’t good enough to do this on your own, that is why you need Jesus. I’m not good enough on my own to do anything (except screw up), and I don’t like screwing up. So I need Jesus. 

No matter what I’m doing or how good I feel about my effort, I need Jesus to lead me and be my strength through it, to make whatever I am doing of Kingdom worth. To make the effect a lasting effect and brings a more clearer picture of Jesus who is to the people around me. 

Love yourself this month because Jesus loves you. When you know that Jesus loves you and you love you, then people around you will know that Jesus’ love is indeed real and is more than capable and WILLING of loving anyone. 

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