One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 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: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12: 28-31
But what if you don’t love yourself?
Think about that for a second.
A bad image of yourself, or not loving yourself, will affect every other aspect of your life—but especially your relationships with others.
No one wants to NOT love themselves, but we do—and I’m not talking about a narcissistic kind of loving yourself, either.
Maybe you are not happy with how you look.
Maybe you are not content with your lot in life.
Maybe you weren’t brought up in a loving home.
Maybe you don’t know how to love yourself in a healthy way.
Maybe loving yourself seems way to selfish to you.
Maybe you compare yourself to everyone else, robbing yourself of joy.
Maybe you’ve made mistakes and can’t forgive yourself.
Whatever your reason…
Start looking at yourself through the cross.
You are made in His image…
fearfully and wonderfully made.
You’re not a mistake: He knit you in your mother’s womb and He knew you before you were born.
You are spotless, you’ve been forgiven.
You are His child.
You are seated with Him in heavenly places.
You are His masterpiece.
He does not condemn you.
He cares for you.
He loves you—every part of you…
He loves you!
Change what you can, but change inwardly, first.
See yourself as he sees you.
It’s okay, I promise.