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Deserve Loving Myself

Since there are people who deserve my love, I want to deserve loving my own self. Can this be done without pride? Does any Scripture forbid loving self if a good person?

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\\And yes, truth be told, loving oneself is "VANITY". God loving His people is not the same as you loving yourself.
---christan on 1/4/14\\


If Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors AS ourselves, then love of self is NOT vanity but a Dominical command.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/12/14

Shira4368, I sure will look him up on youtube, his name sounds familiar. Be back in a jiffy!
Thankyou,Sister. God bless you.
Love of Jesus!
---Lidia4796 on 2/14/14

Lidia, "who can I run to" is a song my friend randy perry sings. Randy has a testimony that will bring tears. He use to sing with his sisters as the Perry's. Look him up on the net. God called him to preach so he and his wife sings now.
---shira4368 on 2/14/14

To Shira4368, Thankyou keep me please in your prayers.. I just happen now to see your blogg from Jan.15 2014. I do not go out at night .
a while see all.these bloggs but they are interesting to read and learn and sometimes stop.and pray for different ones.Please pray Shira4368 they Do not want me to leave/ God will 'a good place

God help me not lose my benefits but I realize what ever God does He has a purpose.. So I have to be obedient first to His will.
Protection first,etc..
---Lidia4796 on 2/13/14

Geraldine the Father's Love within us is a tendency and inclination, empowered of HIm, to do that which is uplifting, edifying, and beneficial, to and towards our fellow man. Allow that for yourself. "If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well." Love yourself, and allow the love of another.
---Josef on 1/20/14

Geraldine, you should love yourself because you're God's special creation. He made no one else exactly like you, and He doesn't make junk.

He will also work on you to make you more and more like Himself (if you let Him).

Remember that the Artist loves His work, because at every stroke of the chisel, every stroke of the brush, the project is EXACTLY how He wants it to be at that point--even before He is finished.

And God isn't finished with any of us yet.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 1/15/14

lidia, you can get out of there. God is in control. yes we have much in common. I love you as a sister and our hearts agree. I think about where you are constantly. you don't even have the freedom to go out at night. that floors me because Ive never been down your road. I live in a safe place and I take life for granted until I found out how you must feel. you are in my prayers and on my heart.
---shira4368 on 1/15/14

Hello, quick,Granma I will be praying for your mother.

Sis.Shira4368, I believe me and you got alot in common,sometimes I have had to cry when I ger mad, or too upset ar people here.
That' why for long as I know those forgiveness,wisdom,etc.
Help me so much! I feel like a recluse for God here.. there is no way for me to ever leave the Lord! A religous song says it well..
"Who Can I run to?"
---Lidia4796 on 1/14/14

what God can do for us has nothing to do with if we like ourselves. there is things sometimes I do that are wrong...maybe thoughts or something against another person. I don't hate myself and I don't like myself sometimes.
---shira4368 on 1/14/14

You were born imperfect. If you love yourself, why would you feel the need to change?
(2 Timothy 3:1-4) warns against this.
---David on 1/14/14

Hello, I agree we need to have a healthy out look not hate our selves,but, do not put our selves,too high! going bk, that' exactly,what Lucifer did Is.14:12-17
In short,we can't do nothing without God! We are dependent on Him for each breath we take.. I say myself, I am nothing without God.
We got to give Him all glory! In short, in His mercy He still working on " the clay" which is me.

Love of Jesus!
---Lidia4796 on 1/13/14

VERY OFTEN, scripture can more easily and accurately understood as God pointing out to us the IRRATIONALITY of human nature (many old-time preachers would say that in order to understand more fully the GODLY nature, you must understand more fully the HUMAN nature).

It is irrational (and sick) to love yourself ('lovey-dovey' love)....I don't have a 'romantic love' for myself (neither do I HATE myself).

I am ME (it's a healthy attitude to be satisfied with who I am)....God is "I am who I am", Exodus 3:14.

In order to relate to the creator in truth, we must know who we are,....and BE THAT WAY (no hypocrisy at all).
---faithforfaith on 1/11/14

Why not focus more on loving God than one's self. Pleasing God, blessing God, than one's self. God deserves more than any of us. Ah Jesus.
---catherine on 1/11/14

Actually, I was speaking from experience. God has not stopped treating me with value ever since I felt unloved by other sources. "The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm." "He who gets wisdom loves his own soul." "With humility comes wisdom." So yea, you can love yourself and it can come with humility.
---caleb8446 on 1/11/14

//Loving oneself is to put yourself before anyone. Is that love?//

That is not love. That is selfishness a pervision of love. There is a difference.

Colossian 1:24 now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake and in my flesh I am filing up what is lacking in Christ afflictions for the sake of his body, that is the church..."
Paul loved serving the church, his service was as an apostle.
John 10:10 I come to give life and life to the fullest. Selfishness is idolatry. Love is based on giving. For God so loved, he gave... John 3:16
---Scott1 on 1/6/14

Hello, see Luke 10:27

He answered: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and love your neighbor as your self"' the mist, the Lord desires for us to be person God (praise, apt to forgivess,) means Love, eternal.
---Lidia4796 on 1/4/14

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"God treats us as valuable. Is it wrong to believe in that value?" Caleb8446

Where in the Scripture does it say what you have said above? Rather, we are explicitly told,

"And all the inhabitants of the earth are REPUTED AS NOTHING: and He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest thou?" Daniel 4:35, "All nations before Him are as nothing, and they are counted to Him LESS THAN NOTHING, and VANITY."

And yes, truth be told, loving oneself is "VANITY". God loving His people is not the same as you loving yourself.
---christan on 1/4/14

"He who finds wisdom loves his own soul." Love for God connected with love for yourself. "To hate evil -that is wisdom." One cannot love another unless they give them the truth, as it says, "Love rejoices with the truth," and, "those who live by the truth will come into the light." You can't really love yourself until you love God because following the truth is loving God, and in finding the truth you love your own soul. Satan did not love himself, he failed to follow God and secure his own future. He elevated himself above needing God which was fatal to his own soul. No one who denies God can say that they care about their own soul. God treats us as valuable. Is it wrong to believe in that value?
---caleb8446 on 1/4/14

Scott1, you're perverting the Gospel of Christ with all your heart, soul and mind. No where does Paul say or implied he loved himself or even teaches of such a doctrine. That's your own personal interpretation, which is erroneous.

No where in the Bible does God teach you to love yourself. To love yourself is to love the sinner in you, is that really what you love about yourself? Loving oneself is to put yourself before anyone. Is that love?

Harken to Christ words, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment."
---christan on 1/3/14

Paul loved himself at being an apostle

-"what should happen as the result of prior action." the prior action was the Damacus road event and the teaching directly from Jesus, this is the basis of Paul's apostleship not his own work. Remember he is the chief of sinners.
1 Corinthians 12. v7,8 This is because Paul and us are "given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit ... v11 who apportions each one individually as he wills." Other places he says an apostle by the grace of God.
So by grace from God we love ourselves with the gifts given to us by God to bring glory to God. This defeats pride but empowers us to do good.

---Scott1 on 1/2/14

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Do not CONDEMN yourself. You also should not set yourself to be a primadonna or ADORE yourself as though you are better or more deserving than other people. (first of all, that would be sick). HAVE REGARD for yourself the same as you have regard for neighbor (love your neighbor AS you love yourself). If you want to GIVE assistanc to someone, make sure that you are not being hypocritical by giving GRUDGINGLY (The Lord loves a CHEERFUL giver.....VOLUNTARY and happy). In the RSV, it says that "and I will put them with the hypocrites, there men will weep and gnash their teeth" (their conscience will "weep" and they "GRIND THEIR TEETH" because they are so uncomfortable).

"The kingdom is within".
---faithforfaith on 1/2/14

Scott1 - "define deserve" - This is a difficult question. There are broad definitions, but the one in my mind for this was "what should happen as the result of prior action." But I do believe overall love for humanity is not based on actions.
---Geraldine on 1/2/14

Geraldine, if God loves you (and you know He does), then would it not be the greatest presumption to not love yourself?

Yet, I know I spent many years not loving me. I did not know until much later that there was a chemical imbalance in my brain that caused depression. One I started taking medications for this, I started feeling better about myself.

You should not try to deserve your love, anyway. You must make a choice to love yourself, and ask God to let your emotions catch up.

the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 1/2/14

sure how does Paul start many of his letters.

To the SAINTS of ....

you can love your sainthood identity found in Jesus Christ, that is not pride

please define deserve?
---Scott1 on 1/2/14

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