Do you know what I love about Sundays?
I love the smell of the old church building where we meet for Sunday school. I love the friendly faces that greet me. I love the hugs that feel like home. I love the sound of pages turning in the Bible. I love the music that the choir sings. I love the funny stories the pastor tells. And I love, love, love talking about God!
As some of you know, I recently became a Christian! On February 5th, I trusted Christ as my savior and by His grace was saved.
Before I knew Him, my life was full of self love, but not the good kind of self love. The kind of self love that is destructive. I was selfish and sinful. I cared more about myself than I did others, and definitely more than I did for God.
Today, I am still selfish at times, and I am still and always will be a sinner, but I have God in my heart and in my mind and together we are defining self love differently than ever before.
You see, God loved me enough to send His son, Jesus Christ, to die for me, for you, and for all of us. Despite our faults, our flaws, and our sinful nature. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may know God and have eternal life for those who believe in Him. Through His sacrifice, He expressed great love.
If my God can love me, how can I not love myself as I am? As the creation that God made me? How can I allow myself and the world to defile a soul that is so precious in the eyes of God?
“… you are precious in my eyes … and I love you.” Isaiah 43:4a
God doesn’t care if we have stomach rolls. He doesn’t care about the number on the scale. Neither should we.
God is teaching me how to love myself as He loves me, and love others just the same. God teaches us all the excellence of love as seen in this verse:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. It always protects, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
I encourage you to use this verse as a tool to love yourself and love others. Get to know God and the love He has for you and you’ll begin to understand the kind of love you should have in your own heart.
I want to wish everyone a very happy Easter Sunday. Today, we celebrate the resurrection. Jesus conquered the grave!
I pray that each and every one of you come to know, trust, and love our savior Jesus Christ.
“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
Romans 10: 9 & 10
Thank you for reading!