Do you know how many times a day I say, “I hate myself”? Way too many. Whenever I regret saying something to someone else, “I hate myself.” Whenever I look in the mirror and don’t like the image starring back at me, “I hate myself”. Whenever I lose my temper with my daughter, “I hate myself”. Whenever I realize I’ve missed an opportunity to bless another, “I hate myself.” Whenever I pick out one of my husband’s flaws, “I hate myself”. Whenever I don’t meet or sometimes even when I don’t beat my expectations I put on myself, “I hate myself.”
Love never fails. I love that verse. We hear this one at weddings all the time. It’s a message to love our spouses no matter what. But how come we miss out on the message for ourselves. We don’t apply it to our lives? LOVE Yourself. Why? Because God created you, God loves you. He loves you sooooo much that He sent His one and only Son to die for you! (John 3:16) That’s right, someone died for me. He died for these evil sins I beat myself up for everyday. By hating myself, I put to waste the Love Jesus displayed for me on that cross. No, now it’s time to put away my hate and lock it in a box. It’s time to embrace the love that God has for me and to know with every fiber of my being that He LOVES me and so I must Love myself. When God commanded us to Love one another, (John 13:34) I believe He also meant for us to love ourselves. Today I will not Hate Joanne. I will give her a BIG Hug, tell her I forgive her, and I love her. She is worth fighting for, Christ fought for me on that cross, and I won’t let it go to waste.
Dear Heavenly Father, praise you Lord for giving me the strength to end this self-loathing and learn to love myself. Thank you Father that you have lavished your love upon me so that I know that I have enormous worth. I know that "God so loved Joanne, that He gave His one and only son that since she believes in Him, she shall not perish but have eternal life." And Lord I pray for my sisters-in-christ to grasp the same concept whenever they are feeling like they hate themselves as well. In Jesus' name I pray. AMEN