As I age, I struggle with this concept of Learning to Love Yourself. I continuously see my youth fade and it can truly shake me to my core. Despite this, I remind myself that I beautifully and wonderfully made in God’s image. My body has aged, but I have birthed children that I love, poured my soul into raising multiple children, poured my soul into my work, my husband, hobbies and many other things. God has a calling on my life just as He has on yours. Let me tell you why you should love yourself beyond how you age and how your body changes.
Why you should Be learning to love yourself in the image god made you
The first bible verse that stands out to me when we are on this subject is from Pslam 46:5
“God is within her; She will not fall; God will help her at the break of day.”
Notice how this verse mentions nothing of looks. Looks are of the material world, and as follows of Christ we are in the World not of the World. This is something we need to remind ourselves of daily, what our appearances are will not matter when we leave this world. In addition to that, we must remind ourselves not to love the world and try to love God, we can only have one God. He is a jealous God, he wants our undivided attention and affection. When we give into Wordly things like how our bodies look, body modifications, envy, jealousy, longing and judgement on physical matters, we fall away from the love, joy, and happiness the Lord wants to bring us.
do you look at jesus’s physical appearance when you think of our savior? Do you think of God’s hypothetical appearance when you think of our father?
The answer to those questions are more than likely no. We aren’t concerned about their appearances when we think of Father and Son. We care about pleasing them and spreading the good news. Now imagine this, as we are on Earth spreading the good news of Jesus, God is in heaven spreading the good news of us! He created us in HIS image, we are HIS children, He is EXCITED for our arrival in heaven. The Lord LONGS for our hearts. He cares about our HEARTS, how much we loved Him, how much we loved His creation, how much time we spent with Him, how well we spread the Gospel and much more. Not a single one of those things involved our physical appearance, or how nice our belongings were.
Understandably, we still struggle with the fleshly desires to be what the world describes as “beautiful”.
And that is okay, He doesn’t expect us to have it all figured out. Nevertheless, He has given us the ultimate weapon to fight against these insecurities to help us in learning to love yourself. The bible, a book full of the Lord’s promises, wishes, wants, needs, guidelines and much more for our lives. To illustrate this, let’s look at a couple more verses where God lifts us up. A perfect verse is from Esphesians 1:4,
“You are chosen.”
That ALONE should send chills through your body, God chose YOU! Out of all of the people He has created, He specifically chose YOU to live YOUR life. Your experience is so unique from all of the other people he has placed on this Earth, including the way you look, speak, see, hear, and smell. The very life you live everyday has unique aspects in every moment, with every person involved in it. There will never be another person like YOU and that is so special. Lastly, I want to close with this verse from Proverbs 3:26,
“For the Lord will be your confidence. And will keep your foot from being caught.”
For the Lord will be your confidence.
How incredible is that statement? The Lord will be YOUR confidence. Of course this verse is about more than just confidence in learning to love yourself, it’s for confidence in all areas of life. God desires for us to come to him about any and all decisions, He has our best interest in mind and knows how to lead us in the right direction. All we have to do is TRUST in him and confide in Him. So, when you’re feeling your foot being tugged on by Worldly desires, pray and trust in the Lord to give you confidence to allow yourself to feel the beauty that He sees over you. Because at the end of the day, we are His children and He sees the most beauty in every single one of us.
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