Have you ever just disliked who you are and what you felt that you were becoming due to how others see you or because of some evil stuff you did in the past but now have changed? Is your own beauty tied up in how someone else beholds you? Find out how to let go of your negative self view and learn to live loving yourself.
Unconditional love is something that everyone is born having as a result someone loving them no matter what happens. This love can come from a parent, sibling, spouse, or from the Creator, God, as He made every human being for His pleasure. (Revelation 4:11) With all these things well known, it is now possible to begin loving yourself unconditionally the agape way.
One of the first steps starts with forgiveness. God states in the Bible to forgive everyone. This isn’t simply for others, but also for oneself. Though a past error may have one feeling like the worst and most unlovable person on the planet, know that God forgives once a person asks to receive that forgiveness and truly hates the bad thing they did, thus repenting, trying never to do it again. Past errors can terrorize a person’s mind, body and soul, however, the truth is that God is greater than your heart.(1 John 3:20) Therefore, though your heart continuously makes you feel like scum always, know – not feel – know that God is greater than all the negative, evil stuff you feel about yourself because you have God Who has mercies that endure forever, and He still loves you.
Another way to see oneself in a positive light and love oneself is to understand and respect your uniqueness. Too many times, individuals look to another flawed human being for their ultimate standard in life, but remember that God has and will always choose a person based off of their inner being not the outer.(1 Samuel 16: 7) In the end, what a man says beauty equals fades, but what God says lasts for an eternity.
Finally, always know deep down that you are loved by someone, though you may not feel it. People die for lack of knowledge,(Hosea 4:6) not feeling. Believing how you feel all the time is dangerous as the heart is the most deceiving thing of all. (Jeremiah 17:9) God loves everyone so much that He sent His Son to die for us. In fact, He has always promised to restore our souls. In times that one despises oneself, tell God how you feel about yourself, and then, tell Him that you would like to love yourself and live right. With a promise of restoration from God, this confession of how you truly feel about yourself will make a world of difference in your life and teach you how to be honest with yourself, thus making way to loving yourself unconditionally as God loves you.
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1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
6My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you [the priestly nation]have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you that you shall be no priest to Me; seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.
Revelation 4:11 (King James Version)
11Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Jeremiah 17:9 (King James Version)
9The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
1 John 3:20 (King James Version)
20For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.