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Self-love is a popular topic of conversation among millennial women. A number of social media platforms, podcasts, and events have been created to explore what it means to love you. As this social movement gains momentum, these questions remain – what is self-love and how can you love yourself?
Self-love is the ability to appreciate who God created us to be. It does not depend on what we think of ourselves, but on what God thinks of us. Self-love is also necessary to our faith. The second most important commandment Jesus gave was to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:30-31). Our purpose in life is connected to people. We cannot love others or walk in the fullness of our calling if we do not first love ourselves.
Maybe you feel robbed of self-love. For years you have struggled to accept yourself because of beauty norms, abuse, or even past mistakes. It is time to see yourself in a new light. You will love yourself when you believe what God says about you. He calls you:
“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” – Song of Songs 4:7 (NIV)
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139:14 (NIV)
“The Holy Spirit displays God’s power through each of us as a means of helping the entire church.” – 1 Corinthians 12:7 (TLB)
“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 (NIV)
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1-3 (NIV)
And the list goes on!
God loves you unconditionally. He has healed your hurts, forgiven your sins, and carved a unique path for your life. Believe God and embrace self-love.
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