Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness."
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.
If we are truly following Christ, it is easy to say we love Him. We try and center our lives around His word. We strongly desire to hear, "Well done my good and faithful servant." We even strive to love those around us as Jesus instructed us to. If you are anything like me, you don't pay as much attention to the loving yourself part. This can be a result of many things.
1. We don't want to be prideful.
2. It may feel selfish to love ourselves.
3. We don't feel worthy of love.
As I studied these verses, I realized that loving ourselves is not prideful or selfish. We are actually instructed to love ourselves. By loving who God created us to be, we are being thankful and even showing humility. God made you and me in His image. He gave us our personality, our humor, and even our beautiful hips! It is so easy to doubt ourselves and pick apart our bodies. I am raising my hand guilty of this. We can either side with Satan or side with God. Satan wants us to doubt everything about ourselves. God wants us to love who He created. He planned every part of you and me. He is proud of who He created. Let's be purposeful and choose to appreciate His creation. May you be thrilled with who you are, hips and all!