Give yourself a big warm hug and take a nice long nap……….Just kidding!
I have read several blogs about self-love. Some of them are to the extreme of self-ish while others seem to maintain a balance of self-care without total disregard for others. If you have an idea of who I am by now, you might guess that I would try to address this subject from the Bible. If you guessed that, you win the grand prize – the joy of being right.
I began meditating on the commandment “love thy neighbor as thyself”. God did not condemn loving yourself, but notice that He does say that we should love others JUST AS MUCH AS WE LOVE OURSELVES. For some people, that would be a whole-lot-a-lovin!
God wants us to take care of ourselves. We are made in His image. As believers, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit (my note: the temple shouldn’t be worshiped more than the One who created it…just sayin). We should never be so enamored with ourselves that everyone else because another person to step on so we can “get to the top”.
When we reach a deep level of spiritual maturity, we will know what it is like to “deny ourselves, take up the cross daily, and follow” Christ. He demonstrated a love that was more concerned about others than self. God created us in such a way that we are fulfilled the most when we are giving. If we are always on the receiving end, it will never be enough. I hope this puts things in perspective.