The Value of Loving One’s Self
Self-love, rooted in the love of a personal and intimate God cannot be underestimated. It is a "healthy" self-love.
Once achieved, it will change your behavior and thoughts, and dramatically change how you feel and value yourself.
The key to the discovery of this ‘divinized self-love’ is to comprehend the great truth that we have been created in both the ‘image and likeness’ of God. This means that God is emblazoned upon our hearts at our conception opening wide the door—as it were, to the realization of a divinized self-love.
Such a love is not the power of positive thinking. It is much, much more.
At the core to the actualization of this divinized self-love is the requirement of forgiveness. We must first learn to forgive ourselves through personal faith and repentance, and then forgive those who may have wounded us or who have sinned against us.
Self-love rooted in the love of a personal God is the difference between living a life of joyous celebration, as opposed to living a life of a vague and monotonous existence.
Why Should We Value Self-Love? Because:
•A lack of self-love causes our outlook on life to be negative •A lack of self-love erodes our self-confidence •A lack of self-love erodes our self-image •A lack of self-love means that loving others is difficult •A lack of self-love leads to discontent and failure •A lack of self-love leads to devaluation of one’s identity
In light of these uncompromising truths, can you imagine anything more important than attaining a love of self that God himself offers to you?
Well then, you are hereby permitted to test God regarding his love for you. Exercise repentance and faith, forgive yourself, forgive others, and stop looking in the ‘rear view’ mirror at the actions of a ‘dead man’ or a ‘dead woman’.
Yes, I mean you! You are a new creation. Begin to believe in it and begin to live it. Sin no more. Pray and worship the King of Kings. Actively implore his assistance. He always hears, he always acts.
Be extremely generous as your means permits!
A Prayer to Attain Self-Love:
LORD JESUS, I DO NOT LOVE MYSELF AS I OUGHT
I HAVE BEEN CRITICAL AND I HAVE JUDGED OTHERS
MY LIFE IS MONOTONOUS AND UNFULFILLING
EACH DAY IS FILLED WITH SAMENESS AND DRUDGERY
I TRULY DESIRE TO LOVE MYSELF AS YOU LOVE ME
I TRULY DESIRE TO LIVE A TRANSFORMED LIFE
HELP ME, LORD JESUS!
I REPENT OF MY EVIL WAYS, OF MY CRITICISMS
I REPENT OF MY MANY JUDGEMENTS OF OTHERS
I RENOUNCE AND REJECT THE POWER OF LIES
I RENOUNCE AND REJECT THE POWER OF LUST
I RENOUNCE AND REJECT THE DESIRE TO CONTROL OTHERS
I DO FORGIVE MYSELF FOR ALL MY PAST SINS
AND, I ASK YOU TO FORGIVE ME FOR THESE SINS
I DO FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE SINNED AGAINST ME
AND, I ASK YOU TO BLESS THEM ABUNDANTLY
JESUS, IGNITE IN MY HEART THE FIRE YOUR LOVE
JESUS, EMBLAZON YOUR PERFECT LOVE UPON MY HEART
JESUS, HELP ME KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO TRULY LOVE YOU
JESUS, LET ME KNOW HOW TO TRULY LOVE MYSELF