I had dinner with a group of friends last week. One friend said she could never love herself as much as God loves her.
Hmm…my friend had a point. Later in the evening I lay in bed thinking about the nature of God’s love, how we love ourselves and how all of this love impacts our lives.
This is undeniable. God’s love for us is immeasurable, limitless, eternal, beyond human comprehension. One drop of the Lord’s love and you are devastated. Two drops of His love and your life is over. Your mind, body, soul and spirit would not be able to cope with the overwhelming power of His love. A tsunami of love slamming into the shore and washing you far, far out to sea.
How much does God love us?
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16)
Yes, that much.
I have experienced God’s love in all different flavors. Soft and tender, like a warm breeze blowing off a still lake in summertime. A gentle push in love, encouraging me to take a risk and love a stranger. Emotional love as I sit in church listening to beautiful scripture with tears rolling down my cheeks, my heart beating fast, each word carving out a new love opening in my spirit for Him. Or a love so out of control that I find myself flat on the floor in worship, reduced to a giant puddle of melted goo, unable to move or speak. The Lord hovering inches away and whispering sweetly in my ear, “Now you know what true love means.”
We love ourselves, some of us more than others. Learning to love ourselves is a critical part of our spiritual transformation, the renewal of our minds. When we get saved, the Lord reaches in and slowly removes all that holds us back from being who we are in ourselves and in Jesus Christ. If we do not work hard to help toss out the garbage in our lives and replace it with all the goodness that is God, then we get stuck. We go round and round wondering why our life does not change and why we keep making the same mistakes over again and dwelling on the same old problems. When we learn to love ourselves, I mean truly love ourselves, our lives change as we begin to see the world through the eyes of Jesus Christ.
It’s funny how we divide love.
“Okay, this is love for me right here inside. Over there is the Father’s love for me coming from the outside. When I mix the two together, then I get what it means to be a Christian.”
Love for myself + Father’s love for me = Christian Love
I think this cut and dry love equation is all wrong.
We can certainly restrict love, keep our love flowing in survival mode, but we cannot divide the love. Love is fluid, uncontrollable, indivisible, and immeasurable.
Love of self is in here, love from God is over there…no, I don’t think so.
It’s all one and the same and it’s all connected.
If we restrict how much we love ourselves, which most of us do, then subconsciously we also restrict how much we accept God’s love for ourselves. If you don’t love yourself without limits, how can you also accept God’s love without limits?
If we crank our love taps on full blast, to the right as far as they can go and love ourselves silly, think about how much love we will accept from the Father.
Imagine the crazy possibilities.
Unlimited Love for Myself + Accepting God’s Unlimited Love for Myself = You can do absolutely anything your heart desires in the name of Jesus Christ and Our Father in Heaven.
Fear, self-doubt, worry, anger, depression, disappointment…anything holding us back is automatically wiped off the map. Faith like you never dreamed possible. Courage to face and conquer every challenge. All that love roaring around inside 24/7 giving you the power, drive, perseverance and determination to achieve the impossible in your life.
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