Valentine's Day is usually a time to show love to someone special in your life. Would you go out to buy a card and flowers for yourself? That would be weird! More often than we care to admit, we give ourselves verbal "beat up" sessions. If we could really hear ourselves as if listening to someone else say, "Hey, Ugly! You don't deserve a nice guy," or "You're so fat! No one would want to be with you." You would likely intervene by saying, "Be kind to yourself. You have a lot going for you. You are pretty, kind, intelligent. Don't put up with those messages you keep telling yourself." So, this Valentine's Day take the time to give yourself "Love & Truth" messages.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started on learning to love yourself:
There are more than enough bad messages we hear about ourselves every day. We as Christians are probably the hardest on ourselves because we have been told what horrible, awful sinners we are. Beating yourself up is not humility. The truth of the matter is that sin is ugly, mean, horrible, and repulsive. God loves you. People tend to become the people they believe they. Then we view God and others in light of how we view ourselves (Matthew 22:34-40). It's time to start telling yourself the truth about yourself. Re-imagine yourself as the valuable child of God you are.Certainly we could all improve somewhere; however, we also need to extend some grace to ourselves. Learn to appreciate the person you are. God does.
May God bless you!