“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39, NIV)
I’ve always enjoyed Valentines Day. It’s an odd thing for a single woman of middle age to say. My family has used this day as a celebration of love in general—our love for each other and our friends.
In the past months God has been showing me my lack of love for myself even as He teaches me how to love myself.
What is love? I went to 1 Corinthians 13. How do I apply this chapter to loving myself? No matter how talented I am or how hard I work, without love my work won’t reach hearts. No matter how disciplined I am, without loving myself it won’t last because it won’t reach my heart level of change.
Am I patient with myself or do I rush to get things done?
Do I enjoy the process of life rather than seek the result?
Am I kind? The critical spirit is too often entertained in my house.
Am I proud when I harbor offense because of the words of others?
Am I rude to myself when I look in the mirror and cringe?
My heart feels full when I give or share rather than seeking what only benefits myself. I admit that my inner perfectionist is easily angered and often keeps a record of my wrongs. When I knowingly sin against myself, I am delighting in evil. When I resist sin with truth, I do rejoice! (One chocolate is fine. The whole box of chocolates is delighting in evil.)
Do I place myself under God’s protection by trusting, hoping and persevering in closeness with Him? I CANNOT fail to fulfill God’s plan for my life if I am doing this. The talent and knowledge I possess in this life won’t transfer to eternity. When I biblicaly love myself then I can love other people. When I love others, God fills eternity with His children.
Warmly in Christ, Karen Lee Kurth
“And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:39, NIV)
Take this day to seek out mirrors. Look deeply into your eyes, to the inner you and see the daughter/the son of God. See the image of your Creator and dare to not criticize even the vessel. Feel gratitude and enjoy moments of wonder. Matthew 22:39
Prayerfully sit with 1 Corinthians 13 and ask God how you are doing with loving yourself.