Guest post by Linda Young
Did you ever wish you could be someone else? Do something else? Live somewhere else? Do you really like yourself? Are you too fat, too thin? Big nose, bad skin? Being content is a hard place to be. We are critical of our looks and actions. Liking yourself just the way you are can be challenging. In Hebrews 13:5, we are told to be content with what we have, because God will never leave us nor forsake us.
When it comes to loving others, we are accepting, kind, generous and forgiving. We have no trouble letting the past be the past with someone else. We can freely love and accept others, but when it comes to ourselves, we judge harshly. We remember all the mistakes we have made. We remind ourselves of how imperfect we are and the foolish things we have done.
One day the revelation came! God loves me as much as He loves everyone else. God doesn’t like us to be cruel, not accepting, unloving or hateful to each other. So why would we treat ourselves like that? If we say we love people, we are “people” also. God said I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am created in HIS image. (Psalm 139:14)
Through the strength of the Holy Spirit, and the knowledge of the love God has for us, we can love ourselves as much as we love others. We are assured that the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. The love of God in me empowers me to love others and MYSELF.
Linda Young is a passionate author and teacher who delights in seeing lives transformed with the message of God’s goodness and unconditional love through Linda Young Ministries – http://www.LindaYoungMinistries.com. She is a conference speaker and women’s retreat leader known for her vibrant, yet down-to-earth-teaching style, packed with encouragement and from a place of genuine love for people. Linda is a graduate of Liberty Theological Seminary and is a member of the pastoral staff at Church 212° in Palm Desert, CA. She and her husband, Ray, make their home in Rancho Mirage, CA. They have six grown children and three grandchildren.