“Love your neighbor as yourself.”
—Matthew 22:39 NLT
We can only give what we possess.
If we are full of anger, it will overflow onto those around us. If we have a healthy love for ourselves, we will be able to give that love to others.
“Love your neighbor as yourself” only works when we have a healthy self-love. When we understand our identity as dearly loved sons and daughters of God.
1 John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.” When we know that God loves us, we are freed to love others from a place of healthy self-esteem.
Self-love is not selfish.
It is, in fact, the path to truly loving others.
Let this short prayer accompany you in your comings and goings today:
Breathe in: Father,
Breathe out: You love me.