Just How Important is it to Love Yourself?
Here is a rather shocking statement: You are required to love God and love yourself whether or not another single soul on this earth loves you. I can do this by showing myself respect, honor, love and acceptance. Outside of God I am the only other guaranteed constant companion in my life. It’s He and I who will always be there, that’s inescapable. You have only one self and you’re required to love that self. However, this can be the most difficult thing to do because most of the human race tends toward self-criticism and self-hatred rather than self-acceptance and self-love.
‘You must love your neighbor in the same way you love yourself.’
We can even view this in the reverse, because I think it is true. If you don’t love yourself, you can’t love your neighbor. You simply can’t give what you don’t have. And if you have only hatred or disdain for yourself, how in the world could you possibly give love to another single soul?
Scripture instructs us to be living vessels of love. We walk this earth to experience and express Love. And looking at the mess our world is in, we quickly see the problem is many of us have let our love run cold. And if the above is true this also means we have let our love for self grow cold, too. To compensate we care more about our rights and entitlements. Rather than loving, we squirrel away substitutes to pacify our cold hearts. This is a tragedy! We forgo the only meaningful course of life, which is to Love.
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