Growing up I never learned to like or love myself. Most of my life I’ve been over weight and was on some form of a diet. I felt in order to be worthy of love and acceptance from others I had to lose weight. I was never taught to have a healthy love for myself. In fact, it was quiet the opposite. I was taught to feel good about myself was to be conceited. So, even when I did lose weight I never felt better about me.
Then one day I came to the realization, that in order to love others I must love me first. In fact, God’s word says “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:18
It is God’s divine plan for us to love. Love Him, Love Ourselves, and Love Others and in exactly that order. Wow…that is so opposite of what I have been taught all my life. Now, this is not a selfish conceited love but a healthy love for self. It is not a love that says “what about me…what about me…what about me…” but instead it is a love that recognizes we are created in His likeness “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
David recognized this and said in Psalms “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalms 139:14
How about you. Have you come to a place where you can love yourself? In order to love others you must come to a place where you can love and accept yourself. You are His very own unique and beautiful creation. He is proud of His work and you should be too!!!
Love Lee ♥
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