Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Learning To Love Yourself... As God Loves You!
God Loves you and me... yes, He most certainly does. Did you know that He truly wants us to Love ourselves the way that He Loves us? It's true... He really does, though, at times, this might be very difficult for us, perhaps one of the most difficult things we will ever have to do.
Learning to truly Love ourselves as God Loves us is so important and one of the most essential things we will ever have to do to live the most beautiful and blessed life as God's child, for if we are not able to truly Love ourselves, how will we ever be able to truly Love others as God calls us to do?
"And you shall Love the Lord your GOD with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, You Shall Love Your Neighbor as Yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30).
What a beautiful message from Jesus, and teaching that He tells us is the most important of all, yet, if we are not able to truly and unconditionally Love ourselves as God Loves us... how will we ever follow through with this amazing teaching and truly Love others as we Love ourselves, as God Loves them?
I believe that many Christians might have the wrong idea about Loving ourselves, and think that it's either vain or self-centered to Love ourselves, but, nothing could be further from the Truth!
We must remember... that "God is Love!" and we are Love too... because He is our Heavenly Father, our beautiful Creator and has so lovingly created us in His image and likeness of Love! So to know Love, we must not only know God, but know ourselves. And to Love as Jesus teaches us and calls us to is to Love and take delight in all that God has created, just as He does... and that means YOU! :)
We really need to learn to Love ourselves more deeply and truly as God Loves us, to know ourselves as well as God does, and to be as compassionate and forgiving and patient with ourselves as God is. This is what He truly wants!
We all have wounds on our hearts and souls that we have received throughout our lives. Some have healed and some haven't. My prayer is that we, as God's beloved children will begin, (if we haven't already), to Love ourselves whole-heatedly, as God Loves us... as that we can truly Love others as God Loves them. That we will allow ourselves to accept the Gift of Healing that Jesus' Love gives... and by doing so, we will be able to offer that special Gift of healing to others.
We can also heal, by Loving ourselves as God Loves us, for sometimes, without ever meaning to, we can be the ones who inflict upon ourselves the greatest amount of pain and sorrow, and this is not what God wants. God truly wants us to be Loving and kind and gentle and compassionate and forgiving and patient with ourselves.... so I hope and pray that you will give yourself that gift of God! It's perhaps the greatest Gift you could ever give yourself! :)