I LOVE YOU… I REALLY DO

Hey friends, how are you doing today? How was your weekend? Did you do anything for you, to refresh your mind, body and soul? Someone once said we need to love ourselves and although most of us have no problem in that area, there are a few people who do not even like themselves. I have found that most people who do not know their worth are also those who do not value others.  Of course, the same can be said about those of us who value ourselves way too highly. Phil 2 3 copyFinding that perfect balance (oh, that dreaded word) of love for ourselves and love for others is quite elusive without Christ after all God is love. People’s thoughts about us will matter too much or too little, if Christ isn’t Lord of our lives.  The world advices us to love and seek the betterment of ourselves usually at the cost of relationships with people. That’s not God’s way.  With the Lord’s help, we are able to love ourselves and love others; it does not have to be one or the other.Eph 4 32 I will realize my value because I am made in the image of the Almighty God (Genesis 1:26). I am valuable simply because I was created in the image of God. My value, my worth has nothing to do with my family, society or possessions. My value; my identity does not depend on my knowledge, my intelligence, my skills, or lack of it.  My worth is not based on anything intrinsic nor extrinsic. My value is stemmed from the fact that I am fearfully and wonderfully made by the Hand of the Creator God (Psalm 139:14). PS 139 16Without that knowledge and belief, my worth will be found in the wrong things in life, like clothes and shoes or our kids or even in what others think about me or even what I think about myself.  From my very existence, the Lord God found me valuable. WOW!  Can you imagine that?  Before the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the All-Powerful God found me to be someone of worth. I Jn 4 10I did not become someone of value because I accepted Christ as my my Savior. God sent His Son to be the Propitiation for my sin because He gave His Creation worth and value. (John 3:16). Without Christ, I am no better than anyone else.  Jesus Christ became our Salvation not to make us valuable, but because we are already valuable; we are created in His image. We are all people of worth to a Loving, Caring Savior. He died for you and wants to prepare a place for you. You are special, not because of anything you did or did not do, but because the Lord, God of the Universe made you in His image.  You are special, do you know that? Do you believe that?  How are you living out that belief?Rom 5 8Our relationship with others determines many of our beliefs.  There was a time when I use to say, I don’t like people much.  I have found that most people are untrustworthy, and many do not keep their word.  I have found that many times, people do not live up to my expectations of them.  Is that true for you too?  BUT GOD LOVES PEOPLE!!! And because He loves them, then so must I.rom 715I have also found that I am like most people; I just desire that my reason; my excuse be found more worthy.  I have to remind myself constantly when people disappoint me, that sin is against God and I am just like them; no better, save for Christ alone.  As a matter of fact, I too disappoint people and my God constantly.  I should be different because Christ is my Savior; I need to raise the bar for me, I know better.  In order to love others, who are created in the image of the almighty God; those He gave value to, at their conception, I need to see them through His eyes.  I guess I need to remember that there is a heaven and a hell.  I guess I need to remember that by my actions, I tell them that God is love or maybe I tell them God isn’t love. I Jn 4 10Well… how was your weekend? Did you demonstrate God’s love to anyone?

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