I love waking up in the mornings to the sound of His voice in my heart. He is usually saying really sweet things and usually really profound things. This morning He actually said something very simple yet somewhat surprising. He was speaking to me about loving myself.
I have endeavored in my life to major on loving Him and loving others, but there’s an important part of the commandment of love we can’t forget. “You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself” (Matthew 22:39, Amplified).
I was surprised by this, because it almost seemed a given that I would love myself. But then I began to think about what that means. Am I patient and kind towards myself? Do I believe the best of myself? Am I quick to forgive myself? Do I have mercy on myself?
I am often surprised to see how hard people are on themselves. But our command says to love others as we love ourselves. How do you love others if you’re not loving yourself?
Once again I want to stress that I am talking about loving with God’s love, not human love. Loving yourself with His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). And then loving others that same way.
When I find myself falling short in my love towards others, I often ask Him to show me how He sees that person. When I see them through His eyes I find myself loving them with His love.
This morning for the first time in many years, I think I’ll ask Him to show me how He sees me.
You are not your own. You were bought with a price. You are mine. ~ God
I am His. Selah.