I give You this day, may Your Spirit be at work in me. Clear the mix of dreams and thoughts from my mind and help me to embrace everything that You have for me today. I give You the mental and physical tiredness I can feel and ask for Your life to flow though me. May Your hope stir in those who are close to me and bring joy into their hearts. May Your love cause me to find new energy, ideas and solutions throughout the day. And may Your truth allow me to stay on track and walk confidently in all that I do.
Father, I give You this day.
Today, I will love myself
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
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Do Yourself a Favor and Love Yourself
Bible Reading: Matthew 22:34-40
Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:39
THEY’RE OUT THERE. They think you don’t see them. But you do. And it makes you gag. Unless you happen to be one of them…
Matthew 22:39 implies that you won’t love others in the right way unless you love yourself in the right way. Is that okay? Look at it this way: God loves you, so you can love yourself. God accepts you, so you can accept yourself. God cherishes you as his unique creation, so you can cherish yourself. Liking yourself like that isn’t just okay, it’s great. It’s what God wants.
Seeing yourself as God sees you-no more or no less-is a healthy self-image. That’s an uplifting thing. It’s also a humbling thing-because you recognize that every gift you possess comes from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Another kind of self-image is unhealthy. An unhealthy self-image can be either negative or positive. People with a negative self-image get down on themselves. People with a positive self-image get high on themselves. What warps these two views is their reliance on the world’s system of value and worth-that what matters most about you is your looks, abilities, intelligence, possessions, etc. When you think well of yourself based on the world’s standards, you easily slide into pride.
You can be sure you’re loving yourself in the right way when you love others more as a result. And when you make loving others your goal, everything then falls into place. Life-and liking yourself-makes sense. You put others, beginning with Christ, smack at the center of your attention. And when that happens, God is pleased.
REFLECT: Describe in your own words a healthy self-image.
PRAY: Father, teach me to love myself in the right way so I’ll love others as a result.
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