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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

He who gets wisdom loves his own soul.” 
(Proverbs 19:8, NASB)

SELF-INFLICTED LOVE

Hate is an ugly thing.

It's brutal. It's poisonous; and like a serpent it sneakily strikes and slays its victim. Sadly, we’re often the victims of self-inflicted hate crimes. We forsake loving ourselves and would rather shame, stain, and strain ourselves.

Instead of loving ourselves, we shame ourselves, saying things like “I'll never amount to anything.” How many times have you said you weren’t good enough, smart enough, capable enough, or pretty enough? We commit these self-inflicted hate crimes because we’ve forgotten our worth in Christ.

Self-inflicted LOVE affirmation: God says we are enough, because He is enough!

Instead of loving ourselves, we stain ourselves by immersing our bodies in secret sins. How can we love our bodies, yet subject them to fornication, adultery, or drug/alcohol use? We engage in offensive conversations and with the same lips praise God. We commit these self-inflicted hate crimes because we’ve forgotten that our bodies are not our own, but the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Self-inflicted LOVE affirmation: God says our bodies are holy, because He is holy!

Instead of loving ourselves, we strain ourselves by becoming committee and meeting queens, agenda princesses, and refusing to rest. We sometimes feel like we have to do everything and be everything, when in fact that isn't showing love to ourselves, it's just straining us. We feel like if we give our all to every aspect of “church work” that God would be pleased. We tire ourselves out with service, but never take time to be refreshed by Him. We commit these self-inflicted hate crimes because we believe our deeds are what will save us.

Self-inflicted LOVE affirmation: God says we can rest in Him, because He never sleeps!

Let us break through hate today by LOVING the creation God made…US.

Let’s not become upset if people won’t love us, when we refuse to show love to ourselves. Let’s inflict ourselves with love instead of hate. One great gift that we can enjoy is the gift of accepting and loving ourselves just the way God created us…as beautiful, chosen, and worthy!


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