Have you ever taken note of how your inner dialogue sounds?
You know the voice… The one making comments about you and every move you make. What’s the voice like? Is it constructive or destructive? If you’re anything like me, your inner dialogue is rampant with nasty comments about how awkward you were at the bank this morning, or how terrible you are for running a few minutes late, again. This voice makes sure you know what a catastrophe these events were.
And it points out every single flaw… Physical and Emotional.
It shows you the negative side to every coin, and dismisses any positive sides as ‘wishful thinking’ or ‘unrealistic’…
So my question is, do you love yourself like Jesus loves you?
Do you accept yourself despite failures and sins? Do you forgive yourself? And what about being kind? I often find myself dismissing any notion of self-kindness as a form of selfishness. However, loving yourself is not selfish. Self-loathing is. Here’s what I mean: Taking action to show love and care for your own life will actually benefit everyone else, and you’ll be more willing and able to love them. But drowning in a pity-party, dwelling on how much you suck leaves you focused on yourself, and nobody else.
Paul talks about “taking every thought captive for Christ” in 2 Corinthians 10. This means realizing the reality of your new identity because you are a Son or Daughter of God because of Jesus’ faithfulness. You are quite literally a Saint. You are justified. You can let yourself off the hook. Yeah sure, we still mess up. We still have a lot of dark parts in our hearts that need to be swept up. But you belong to Jesus. And you are a new creation. You are being renewed every day. Let your mind be renewed accordingly. Please, love yourself how Jesus loves you.
So demolish those strongholds in your head.
Destroy the false-knowledge which accuses you and keeps you down, and take captive of your mind with Christ, and know firmly what power you have because of your status as a member of the Kingdom-Family. Take your thoughts back, and change out those negative lies for the truth about you.
My friends, join me in loving ourselves like Jesus. And then, we will be able to love others like ourselves.