The Foundation of Self Love
I’ve learned that it’s been my lack of love for myself that led me to a lot of the unfavorable conditions I found myself in.
While I was raised well, self love is often not something most parents knew they had to teach or instill in their children, I don’t believe. I was told I was beautiful, smart, strong, etc but something still didn’t click.
What is Self Love?
Self-love is a profound practice of nurturing one’s well-being and embracing individual worth. It involves fostering a positive relationship with oneself through self-care, self-compassion, and acceptance. It is the journey of recognizing and appreciating your own strengths and imperfections, ultimately leading to increased resilience, happiness, and a deeper connection with your true self.
The True Foundation of Self Love… God’s Love
Self-love is the foundation to being who you desire to be and living a fulfilled life. I wanted to take some time to focus and build on this foundation. But in building on this foundation, I believe a major part of self-love is God’s love. I don’t believe we can truly love ourselves without knowing how God loves us and how He sees us.
When you learn and see how God loves you and what He thinks of you, I believe it creates a more solid foundation for loving yourself. If the creator of the universe says I’m important than who can speak against it? If the Creator says I’m worthy than who am I to call Him a liar?
In the Bible, there are several verses that speak to the importance of self-love. For example, in Matthew 22:39, Jesus says “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” which emphasizes the importance of treating ourselves with the same love and respect that we show to others. If we have not learned how to love ourselves and how to treat ourselves than how will we know how to demonstrate that love to others?
Additionally, in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, it is written that “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” This passage highlights the qualities of love and gives of a points on how our self-love should be characterized by these same qualities.
However, it is important to note that self-love in Christianity should not be mistaken for self-centeredness or vanity. Rather, self-love in the Christian context is about understanding our worth as God’s creation and treating ourselves with dignity, respect, and compassion. It is also about recognizing and accepting our flaws and limitations, and seeking to grow in our relationship with God and others.
In conclusion, self-love is an important concept in Christianity, and one that can bring great joy, peace, and fulfillment to our lives when practiced in the right way. By treating ourselves with love, kindness, and respect, and by striving to better understand and appreciate the love that God has for us, we can deepen our connection with not only God but also have a genuine love for ourselves and live more fulfilling lives.
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139:14
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” – Psalm 139:13
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” – John 1:12
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20