Do you love yourself?
The Bible explains the only way to really love yourself. It’s about reflecting God’s love.
Unfortunately, it’s way too easy to think of all the reasons why you have a hard time loving yourself. Here are just a few I’ve struggled with:
- People say it’s selfish to love yourself
- You don’t feel worthy because of past mistakes
- Thinking you have to be perfect before you or anyone can love you
- A bad relationship that ended because the other person didn’t know how to love themselves or you, but you end up thinking you are not lovable when it was their fault.
- A heavy atmosphere of guilt and shame from culture or religion
In this episode, I share some very personal experiences that helped me learn to love myself. It comes down to learning to love others as well. But the real key is to realize that God is the source of the love and you are not.
Learn to start loving yourself
Love yourself and others with God’s love instead of your human love. It will make all the difference in how you see yourself and others, how you treat yourself and others, and how you love yourself and others.
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Bible quotes in this episode:
Leviticus 19:8 ESV
8 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
Matthew 22:39 ESV
39 And a second [commandment] is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Mark 12:31 ESV
31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.
Luke 10:27 ESV
27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
Revelation 12:9 ESV
9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
I John 4:19 ESV
19 We love because he first loved us.
I did not mention these but they refer to loving your neighbor as yourself
Romans 13:9 ESV
9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 5:14 ESV
14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
James 2:8 ESV
8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.