I have to love myself before I can love others
“You have to love yourself before you can love others,” is a popular saying.
I’ve discovered that is true. The most difficult person for me to learn to love was myself.
I could forgive others for hurting me and letting me down but I had a very difficult time forgiving myself.
I didn’t have an “a-ha” moment of when this happened, but at some point I realized I had forgiven myself.
This slowly happened as my self-esteem and self-confidence increased.
Through having a better self-perception and forgiving myself, I was able to love myself.
Because I loved myself, I was better able to love others. Not to love people for selfish gain, but to genuinely love them.
When I decided to love others with God’s Kind of Love, I discovered that it came much easier because I loved myself. Even when others have hurt and betrayed me, I’ve continued to love them with God’s love. This means that I’ve prayed for them and the situation, even when I was forced to walk away from the circumstances.
This isn’t because of my strength or power, but because of God’s.
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