Often our worth is put in the world’s view of loving ourselves, not at all on how to culivate self love.
The world will have us believe to love ourselves is to consume, indulge and do whatever we want.
Have you lived in the world’s standard of loving yourself? (Raising my hand)
Have you come up empty? (Still raised)
The type of love the world wants us to believe is shallow and doesn’t last.
But God’s word tells us love is…
Patient and kind, it is not jealous, nor pompous it is not inflated, it is not rude it does not speak its own interests it is not quick tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrong doing, but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4
As a Christian how might your life change if you knew how to love yourself the way God instructs?
Here are 5 biblical truths to cultivate self-love
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Biblical Truth #1 God loves us
I always say this to my children
“I don’t have all the answers but I know that God does”.
He is the father, and leader of all of us. Therefore, he is the greatest teacher on loving ourselves.
What does the bible say about God’s love for us?
We love because God first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
God’s love is so great he will never leave or forsake us.
Biblical Truth #2 Living in Kindness
Are your thoughts and actions toward yourself kind?
“Those who are kind benefit themselves” (proverbs 11:17)
If you aren’t kind practice loving yourself.
Make sticky notes about what God says about you or you can download a copy of my Thinkoutsidethe box Faith Affirmations.
Simply affirm theses biblical verses to yourself as often as you can.
You will start to believe you are worthy of God’s love and in turn know that being kind to yourself leads to cultivating self-love.
Biblical Truth #3 Practice Patience
Life is often about learning lessons from God, sometimes the same ones over and over again (for the hard headed people like myself).
He never says he will leave us when we make mistakes.
His love for us is patient.
Although, when we make a mistake we often beat up on ourselves, go down a spiral or even blame others.
Romans 12:12 tells us to let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times.
Continuing to make mistakes is part of human nature.
Let’s try to practice patience with ourselves, like God shows us patience.