October 23, 2019 –
Experience proves we are far harder on ourselves than other people are on us. D.L. Moody once said, “I have more trouble with D. L. Moody than with any other man I ever met.”
Loving yourself may be the toughest of all the strategies of life. The command to do unto others as you want them to do unto you may hold the key to why we find it so difficult to carry out God’s two great commands to love Him and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Many people love God and their neighbors as they love themselves. The problem is that these people do not love themselves, as they should.
You must love yourself before you can give this most precious gift to others. “Friendship with oneself is all-important,” wrote Eleanor Roosevelt, “because, without love, one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.” You can’t give away something you don’t have. Once you love yourself, it’s so much easier to love other people.
The Bible says that we should love God because He first loved us. Can you honestly say that you believe that God loves you, unconditionally? Do you take Him at His word and accept that He made you in His image and that He created you to walk — to fellowship—with Him? Do you feel worthy of God’s love?
All love begins with God. When we open our hearts to Him and allow Him to channel His love to us, we have the core component of self-love and self-acceptance.
Self-love has a tremendous impact on our love for God and love for a neighbor. We reverence God and respect our neighbor to the degree we respect ourselves.
There must be a reawakening to what has historically been the strategy for walking with God: loving God and loving your neighbor.
By establishing the Christian’s Master Spiritual Goal, God provides direction for a change. In articulating a clear sense of purpose—the Master Spiritual Vision — He motivates the believer to change. By giving the two Master Spiritual Strategies, God shows the believer how he or she can make the long-term change.
Strategic statements don’t matter until transformed into doables that show love for God and neighbor and bring you closer to walking with God. By forging an unbroken connection between your spiritual goal and your every day doables, you ensure that all your activities align with your decision to walk with God.