This is a quote from Chapter 2 of “You are God’s Masterpiece!” If you missed the first week you can find it here.
“‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself’ is found eight times in the Bible. Some translations say “love your neighbor” and some say “love one another.” If we follow Jesus’ example, he loved all kinds of people. He loved men, women and children. He loved people who were sick, lame and blind, even pharisees and tax collectors.
The Message version translates the second part of the verse as “Love other people as well as you do yourself.” But for those of us with self-esteem issues, that isn’t as easy as it sounds. Frankly, its easy to love others and really hard to love ourselves. We constantly put ourselves down. We criticize the way we dress or cook or raise our kids.”
Is it the same for you? I am my worst critic. But when I realize it, I stop and repeat, “God loves me, it doesn’t matter.” “I don’t have to be perfect, God loves me anyway.” Or “I have other strengths, even if this isn’t one of them.” These mantras work for a moment. But what we truly need to do is take a moment to pray that God will send his Holy Spirit upon us because He is “the source of all comfort.” (2 Cor. 1:3) The Holy Spirit can send God's lovingkindness upon us so that we can feel loved and love for ourselves and who He made us. Click To Tweet
YOU ARE HIS MASTERPIECE! You are one of a kind. There is no one else like you. And you are valuable. God does not make mistakes. Sure, you are imperfect. You are human. Only God is perfect. But He loves you even if you are flawed.
So today’s lesson is: when you start to beat yourself up about something, STOP! You will never be perfect, but God loves you anyway!! And isn’t that the best news you’ve heard all day?! In my book, you can find other ways to counteract those negative voices in your head.
If you want to go deeper into this Bible study, I have free Love Yourself worksheets.
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