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LOVE YOURSELF and OTHERS!

 

Have you ever looked at someone and thought, “That guy really loves himself.” That probably means he’s stuck up, stuck on himself, thinks he’s special and God’s gift to women. It’s okay to love yourself… the way God sees you!

 

To love yourself is to respect yourself.

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Most people don’t accept themselves. Why?  Because of something they don’t like in their appearance. Maybe because their parents fight or are divorced they feel unacceptable or rejected. Some feel they have no talent, special abilities, think they’re dumb or stupid. When you don’t accept yourself you can begin to view yourself in the negative ways others may view you. You can feel inferior and do unhealthy, sinful things those who appear better or smarter than you do. You can get mad at God, blaming Him for how he made you. You start to think, “No one loves me. I’m messed up. I have no talent. I’m a loser.” No matter what negative things you may think about yourself you MUST remember… God made you and:

 

God doesn’t make mistakes!

 

People are too judgmental and critical. They can say mean, cruel, demeaning things about you. The enemy Satan will always make sure someone crosses your path to make you think wrong thoughts about yourself. He doesn’t want you to see and believe God loves you just the way He made you.  Take time to list all the things you do like about yourself and then thank God for them. None of us are perfect. We all have some flaws and shortcomings.

 

Because JESUS lives in you, God loves and accepts you!

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The Bible says God made us “accepted in the beloved.” (Eph. 1:6 KJV) That means, because Christ is in you, God loves and accepts you just the way you are. He’ll never love and accept your sin or sinful behavior, but He will always love you. There’s not a part of God that stops loving you if Jesus is in you! You’re special and precious to God, your perfect Heavenly Father. Before you were born He planned good things for you to do. “For we are God’s workmanship (masterpiece), created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  (Eph. 2:10 NIV)

 

God has GOOD things for you to do for Him!

 

But maybe, you still want some things about you to change. Ask God to help you change. You can “be transformed.” (Romans 12:2 NIV) If you need to lose weight, get on a plan and ask God for strength to help you follow through. If you have a bad attitude, ask God to help you change. One thing God will surely do if you ask Him. He’ll change you to be more like Christ. That’s the most important change He wants to make in you. Thank God for the way He made you. If you live a life totally surrendered to Him, God will make sure you become all He’s designed you to be and you won’t miss His plan for your life. And when you look in the mirror, forget the standard for looking good beauty and fashion magazines want you to live up to. It’s okay to want to look attractive and nice, but what’s most important is always to remember God sees you as the beautiful apple of His eye. You’re of great value to god. The more you become aware of His love for you, the more you’ll love Him and even love others. Remember this truth: When God made you…

 

HE DIDN’T MAKE NO JUNK!!

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