Monday, July 6, 2009

To thine own self be true

**The Word of God is clear on the connection between loving God, loving others, loving ourselves, and taking time in those relationships.
 

The above statement was on the ‘syllabus’ (link to) for the first day of the Relationship series. Over the past few weeks we have covered the importance of being in a loving relationship with God and loving others, this week we will look at loving ourselves.

Living life fully at peace and being free in grace will allow us to be in a healthy relationship with ourselves.

Grace is God’s free and unmerited favor for sinful humanity.

When we live fully in His grace for us, we find a peace and joy that allows us to live freely! Living freely allows you to live life purposefully.

Friends and family will you join me in praying today that He will turn our hearts to see Him, hear Him and truly experience Him?

Dear Heavenly Father thank You Lord for pursuing us and calling us by name. Thank You for desiring to reveal to us our true selves, the ones You created us to be. Please prepare us, ready us to hear the truth You have for us. Amen
 
**Do I love myself?

**Where does my confidence come from?

**What am I confident about?

**Do I know what God says about me?

**Do I hear what God says about me?

**Do I believe what God says about me?

**Do I know the Truth?

But now this is what the LORD says- he who created you, O Jacob
He who formed you, O Israel; "Fear not, for I have redeemed you by name; you are mine."
Isaiah 43:1

The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

"This above all: to thine ownself be true,And it must follow, as the night the day,Thou canst not then be false to any man."-Shakespeare-Hamlet

Seeking to know the Truth will lead us to His amazing grace. If there is one selfish thing you do for yourself today, seek His purpose! Seek Him for love, confidence, and peace. When you seek Him, you will find Him and He will fill you to overflowing. You will then be able to live freely in His love for you. A place that will leave you dancing!
 
May we know that He loves us, cares for us and wants more than anything to bring us close to His heart!

32 comments:

Nicole said...

Amen, sister!:) Hope you had a wonderful 4th!

Love,
Nicole

From the Heart said...

Thanks for the reminder that God loves us no matter what. And if we are doing God's will we can also love ourselves. That is my prayer to get closer to Him and to be a witness to others.
From my heart to yours,
AliceE.

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

On my face before YOU Lord God... seeking You. I Love You Lord Jesus, Father God with every piece of my being... In Jesus name, amen.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

There's been a lot of talk about "freedom" in blog land this week. It's ours to live in Christ, yet so many of us choose our bondage to selfish ways ... selfish love. Praying for God's perspective in loving myself and my world.

True freedom comes from being bound to the cross. Such a contradiction. Such truth.

peace~elaine

Lori said...

Lord, I seek to know you more today. "You thrill me, LORD, with all you have done for me!" Psalm 92:4. Today, I want to intentionally seek you; I want to see you and hear You. I want to experience You in everything I do. *Everything!* Thank you for adopting me before I was even born. "You have been with me from birth; from my mother's womb you have cared for me. No wonder I am always praising you!" Lord, You are my maker, You are my God, You watch over me, and You care about me! It's no wonder I want to tell everyone about the amazing things You do for me. Thank you dear Lord. I love you with all of my heart! Amen.
Intentionally living for Christ today, Lori - AZ

Irritable Mother said...

Ah, to have a right view of ourselves and a true understanding of the Father's love for us. This is not an easy task!
I think sometimes we get so caught up in remembering we are sinners that we forget we were created to bring Him joy, and that it truly does delight His heart to love us.

Not saying we should deny our sin and neglect to have repentent hearts. But if we focus only on that, we miss the glory of His love and His purpose for creation.

Thanks for "permission" to explore the goodness of God's love.

Cindy said...

As I read all of the comments it seems as though everyone has the right response and has it all together.

I always feel so lost in this big old world. I love Jesus with every ounce of my being, and I serve Him fervently, yet for me it is still a struggle to accept and feel His love toward me and to love myself through His eyes and with His heart.

Oh Lord, You still have so much work to do in me.

Blessings to you Nichole!

Kimberly said...

I know this is an area I still struggle in...even after 11 years of walking with Him. Believing in and accepting His love for me. How it must grieve His heart to see us turn away from the love He so longs to pour out all over us. Oh, that we would indeed position ourselves with arms open wide, ready to receive...not pridefully, but with humble hearts so ready to receive what we can never earn and yet what He STILL longs to pour out.

Love you and your heart for Him. :)

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