In this scripture reading the part that stood out for me was love your neighbour as yourself. We all struggle with self-love, we all struggle with complementing ourselves and others. This is such a broad topic, and a number of things find their root in not loving yourself. What comes to your mind when God tells you to love yourself? Here are just a few things that come to mind when this question comes up.
. We always think we’re not good enough.
. We always compare ourself with others.
. We always think we can do better.
. We always feel that there is something that we must change about ourself.
We are all made in the image of God. He perfectly formed us in our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5). In God’s eyes we are perfect and nothing needs to change to compare ourselves to the world. When the Holy Spirit comes upon us our character and image in Him is developed, but when we don’t know who we are we struggle with self-love.
I just want to ask you, when we look in the mirror are we able to say to ourself: Well you look very nice today, or are we looking at the image in the mirror intending to put ourself down. It is not pride to give yourself a compliment because God says love yourself to love your neighbour. If you don’t have self-love how can you love your neighbour. This means that the love that you share will be compromised because it will have a condition attached to it. Perfect love comes from God through His Holy Spirit and perfect love cast out all fear.
The world today lacks self-love because most of us struggle with this in relationships. We want someone else to love us unconditionally and for who we are, but we cannot even love ourselves that way. How can you expect somebody else to love you the way you want to be love but you cannot love yourself? This is one of the biggest problems in our world today, people sitting with self-love issues and expecting the neighbour, the government, the church to solve the problem. We can only solve our problem when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and saviour and when we allow Him free rein in our life. Only then will God transform us into the image of Christ.
Without Jesus Christ helping us, we will always look for love in the wrong places. Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result, it will never happen.We will always find the problem with someone else, it will never be us. If you are the common denominator in every situation or every problem, then the problem lies with you. When we feel judgment and jealousy coming up in us, we must do the opposite of what we feel and compliment the person and the more we do it the more the love of God will grow inside of us.
God wants to say to all of us today we are made in His image, we are enough and we don’t have to compare ourself with somebody else.
Prayer: Father in the mighty name of Jesus Christ I bring my brothers and sisters before Your throne of grace and I ask that Your Holy Spirit will work in our heart. So when we look at people that we will see You, God. I also pray for those that don’t know you Lord that they will repent and call on the name of Jesus Christ and turn to you to save them. Thank you for your grace and your mercy in Jesus’ mighty name, amen.