SCRIPTURE: Romans 12:3-21
If we loved the world and ourselves in the Biblical sense, we would look at the world differently. We would think more of ourselves. How often have you stood in front of a mirror and said I don’t like the way my clothes fit or my hair looks? To one degree or another, everyone has a lack of self acceptance, lack of love, or a lack of self confidence.
Psalm 139:114 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. I know that full well.”
A pastor shared this story with me last week. A man came up to him at a conference and said, “I thought that you were taller and bigger. I thought that you smiled more. The man asked the pastor how much he weighed. The pastor replied “159 pounds of pure steel!” He continued on to say, “I don’t know what to tell you sir but I am beautifully and wonderfully made by God and I am what I am!” It’s important for Christians to note where the Bible says our worth comes from. The idea that humans have inherent worth is one that is affirmed throughout scripture. God bestowed dignity upon us when he created us in his image.
The God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all of the wild animals and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them”.
What does the Bible say about self love? Many point to Jesus’ command in Mark 12:31 where he says we should love our neighbors as ourselves as evidence for the Bible’s support of self-love. It must follow that we cannot love others if we cannot love ourselves first.
Over the years, I’ve known Christians who, because they didn’t have public ministries believed that they were, somehow, second tier to those who did. They were not preaching or teaching Sunday school. They didn’t lead the choir or serving on committees. They weren’t unhappy but felt that what they were doing was less important than those who had more visible roles. God loves us and uses us in His own ways. He finds our strengths and uses them to serve Him and spread His word. It is important to realize that God loves us and has a special place on His earth for each one of us.