There are sermons about loving God and your neighbor, but how often do you hear in a sermon that you should love yourself as well? Here is “the greatest commandment”, according to Jesus:
Matthew 22:37-39 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
I wish I could hear a sermon that talks about the importance of loving yourself, as well as God and others. It seems like that aspect of the commandments is hidden somehow. I’m not talking about a selfish or unhealthy love of self, but a divinely inspired love of self. If you love yourself, your divine self, you are also open to loving God and others. And if you let God love through you, His love is far more powerful than any “human” love.
I hope you can see yourself in the unconditional, loving way the God sees you, so you can genuinely love yourself. No matter what you’ve done or said or been through, know that God loves you completely, without limits.
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Amen to that. As my spiritual director is often reminding me — be gentle with yourself. Loving ourselves in the healthiest of ways is indeed a vital commandment. Thanks for these words!
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Thank you, Reverend Suess, for your kind words! I truly enjoyed your Easter sermon!