Sometimes in the past it has been so hard to love myself, and I've been very hard on myself, treating myself badly and condemning myself. Yet God loves me! God IS pure Love and nothing else BUT Love! It is alright to act like God, and God loves me! That means I can love myself, really love myself!
We can treat ourselves just as our Papa treats us...and how does He treat us?
He always treats us kindly, gently and tenderly!
So we can treat ourselves kindly, gently and tenderly! We can speak kind and uplifting words to ourselves and tell ourselves the truth, that we are truly good and pure deep down, that we never have evil motives deep down, that we never mean to do wrong or hurt others, that we always mean well, always want the best for others, always love others!
He has only the purest love and affection towards us!
So we can have pure love and affection towards ourselves! We can celebrate ourselves, delight in our uniqueness, and be happy with our personality, seeing ourselves as the beautiful and amazing people we really are, holding ourselves with high regard as valuable assets in this world, as shining stars that make the world brighter just be being ourselves, as important beings who have something beautiful and special to share with humanity!
He never breaks our heart, never wounds our spirit, never hurts us!
So we can do the same, holding our wounded heart so tenderly, never hurting ourselves with unkind words or accusations! We can soothe our troubled mind, can speak kindly to ourselves, especially when we are confused, hurting, and maybe lashing out in that confusion and pain, especially then when we feel alone or have moments when we can't see the truth of our belovedness as clearly..treating ourselves with understanding even when we act in erroneous
ways, being generous and thoughtful and good to ourselves, giving
ourselves room to breathe, slack when we fail, and space to heal!
He is always supportive, understanding, generous, thoughtful, and good to us!
So we can be the same towards ourselves - always supporting ourselves, pampering ourselves and treating ourselves well! We can call ourselves beautiful, worthy and powerful..worthy of love and respect, strong and powerful as the God-lights we are in this world, shining with His Holy Spirit glow! We can remind ourselves we are a beautiful Temple housing God Himself, a radiant Bride dearly loved by the King of all the universe!
He always looks at us with love and treats us with compassion!
And we can do the same! Let's treat ourselves as our Papa does and love ourselves today! I have found that when I have messed up, when I get confused, when I feel out of sorts, what a great difference it makes to just give myself some space, not be hard on myself but instead kind and understanding, and just speak words of love and kindness to myself. I guess it is really like I am speaking/hearing the words of my Papa towards me! And in those moments I see how His words truly are Spirit and truth and life! It's like the wind shifts, the atmosphere changes, and there is a great something that gives way as the negative thoughts and feelings fall away and I feel okay again, remembering that God loves me, that I am lovable and understood no matter what, and that I truly am God's good and beautiful girl, held tightly by Him in sun and shadow! Love is so powerful, and to love yourself with His Love is the most powerful thing you can do, I think - it's letting His own Love Presence just flood every nook and cranny of your mind and soul and fill you with pure joy, pushing out every dark thought! I guess I never realized how powerful and important an act that could be, to love myself!
I am realizing something about what being 'godly' really means: To be godly does not mean pointing out one's sinfulness, saying that one is evil, or condemning oneself. No, it means just the opposite, doesn't it! For to be godly is to be like God, and God does not point out or convict us of sin, God does not call us evil but instead calls all His creation 'very good,' God does not condemn but instead affirms! God practices love, not hate! So If I am going to act godly - "God-like" - that means I am going to love myself, not hate on myself, put myself down or accuse myself! To be godly is to love...to love in the same way as He does, intensely, purely,
perfectly..and thus to be godly and act as He does means I love myself -
intensely, purely, perfectly! HE does, so I can too! Wow!
It is perfectly alright - and even the most important and holy thing you can do - to love intensely the one God loves so intensely - YOU!!