Love Yourself

January 12, 2012

Matt. 22:37, 39b”Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind… Love your neighbor as yourself.”

These are words that we as a ministry live by, though so often fall short on.  So why do we fall short? I mean I understand we are human and struggling in our sin.  But something about that doesn’t sit with me.  God calls us to be holy as God is holy.  And if the power of the Holy Spirit, that raised Christ from the grave, lives in us,  then why can’t we love?

As we have been writing and looking to take the ministry to a new level, we have realized that a major problem with how we love and where we place people in our lives is how we view ourselves.  The second of the great commandments is to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  And so often we say, “Well we have to serve and put ourselves down and let others do what they want, in the name of Jesus.”  But the opposite is actually true.  Lately, we as a band have asked the question of how can we love others if we do not love ourselves?  If I hate myself, how can I love other people?

So be encouraged today by this thought: God so loved YOU that he gave his only Son.  If God could love you that much even when he knows how much you mess up, how much you screw up, and how much you just blatantly do wrong, then how can you not love yourself?  Okay, so its easier said than done.  But maybe if you got a hold of the fact that God loves you beyond words even while knowing every detail about you, then you can begin to love, truly love yourself.  This will in turn lead you to a deeper love for others. You are God’s treasure, his masterpiece.  So love yourself like it.