Elena, thank you very much for your comments, it is all for the Lord. I cannot get enough of His Word. Sometimes I say, why didn't I come to Christ a long time ago? But everything with God has a time and a reason. I have learned, as you, from many on CN of things I never thought of before. I have seen some bro/sis write so beautiful and answer with beautiful words. You are one with those beautiful words. Another was a brother name Shawn M.T. When he answered his words were very well phrased. I'm not too good at that, but do the best I can with the education I have. Blessings and peace to you.
---Mark_V. on 11/29/11|
hello! bro.Mark V. you really a great teacher for teach the word! God has bless you! bro.Mark you able to break down,explain really good bible principles. There are many who devote their time & I believe everyone is try'n help the "kids" ha! Ha! Like me... I keep notes! Well,soon ELENA got her birthday! Smile... one day :) I goin' tell you all my age! well,known Cuban joke"those women nev'r tell their age!" and the guy answer bk yes! And they get away with it everytime... :)
---ELENA on 11/28/11|
Elena, I'm so glad you are still with us, I would have really missed your post if you had left. I know you have gone through a lot and maybe still are, but His grace is always sufficient, always believe it by faith. No matter the problem, no matter how much it seems like there is no end to it, God will always be there to hold you, love you, and see you through it all. Hang in there sister.
---Mark_V. on 11/22/11|
yes! I like some things 'bout myself,some result of goin'thru hard times,gave me more to stay encouragestrength,faith,even from these thingsyou find but,the truth there's NONE good but,the Lord/ There's a song that says "no life,no breath,no deep no depth,no Reality we can see without God..."
---ELENA on 11/21/11|
there are things I don't like about me. One is the sin nature of my flesh. God is the potter and I am the clay. When God finishes with me I will like myself.
---shira4368 on 10/27/11|
If a person doesn't like themselves, then they'll not be able to like others.
---Rebecca_D on 3/22/07
Rebecca d is not around probably from this old post but, her post reminded me of a saying.
Of all my wife's relatives I still like me the most.
---Trav on 10/21/11|
hello,this is wonderfull! the Lord uses the the so- called "discarded,low, dirty vessel can become the new vessel worthy of the master's use... a prisoner 'n penal colony ... I was sent to interview,etc. he had a call on his life, thru letters and 2 visits his attitude suffering,relationship with Christ & God help him,mentor even touch'd my view of what I lacked much! Had no positivity,no confidence and didn't really know alot except for books...
---ELENA on 10/18/11|
I better like myself. If I don't , no one else will. On a spiritual level Christ loves me and that makes me a worthwhile and secure person. No one is perfect. We all make mistakes. Choose life and to love yourself...always. Warts and all.
---Robyn on 3/30/10|
To not compare yourself to others. Develop talents and skills that make you feel good about yourself. Believe that God loves you and therefore you are a worthwile and lovable person, regardless, of what anyone else says.What God thinks and matters,is the most important thing.Don't beat upon yourself when you make mistakes. We all do. No one is perfect.Give yourself a hug and do something special for your self, each day. And believe you are truly a wonderful and special person. We all are!
---Robyn on 10/11/08|
I can see now that I need to distinguish myself from any other Bruce's. For the record, I'm the most recent Bruce to post here. :)
---BruceS on 8/22/08|
I'm not sure that you can "teach" self-acceptance and an appreciation of one's own unique and precious place in the world. I think it's more a matter of the person finding out for themselves where their talents lie and what it is in life that allows them to feel useful. It's terrible to be denied the satisfaction that comes from knowing you've made a positive difference through something you've done. And it doesn't have to be anything more than the proverbial helping of a blind man across the street. I've had experiences like that, and they always leave me feeling better about myself. I think LIFE does the teaching and not any one person.
---Bruce on 8/21/08|
"How would you teach someone how to enjoy what God made them to be and to really LIVE their life every day in reality?"
I have come to the realization that I can not teach anyone anything that is spiritually discerned. What I can do is show the way. To proclaim boldly that "Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life." To share the belief that I myself embrace, Jesus exemplified the Love of God. I would simply offer to study His life and method of operation with them, expecting that together, we would come to an understanding and appreciation of His love and the fact that He loved us enough to die for us. That in and of itself should give us at least an appreciation for life and some understanding of our value to Him.
---josef on 8/7/08|
i love myself because i am fearfully and wonderfully made by God.
---selfa5593 on 8/6/08|
When you learn to accept yourself (there should be no "self abasement", Colossians 2:18) regardless of what has always been taught, God will be able to have a more personal relationship with you (and you with Him). The Father's true identity is "I am who I am" (Exodus 3:14) and the only way we can truly identify with Him is to be likewise.
The only way we can have 'SELF discipline' to repent in Christ is to know and be "SELF".
I was taught that we "SUFFER" bad experiences, but in God's truth (love), I now understand that I never did really deserve to suffer, so I was just, and I simply ENDURED.
"Blessed is the man who endures trial".
---more_excellent_way on 8/5/08|
To read the word of God and to think about what you are reading, not just read but read carefully every word and within their context.
One thing that is always good is to go out at night and count the stars and think to oneself that God knows everyone of them by name and number and is greater than them all. King David considered the stars and exclaimed that "when I consider the stars, the work of thine hands, what is man that thou art mindful of him..."
Godly books that humble the heart make for uplifting the Lord. The lower we become within ourselves the higher the God of all creation becomes
---Alan on 8/5/08|
How would I teach someone how to enjoy what God made them to be? Well, first, I would NOT tell them to expect God to enjoy them the way they are, now, if they are not how God wants them to be.
"rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God." (1 Peter 3:4)
"without complaining and disputing" (in Philippians 2:14)
If I'm not like this, why accept me the way I am? I need to be corrected and cured so I become pleasing to God. And in His love's beauty "gentle and quiet", no one will have to "teach" me to like how I am (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 8/5/08|
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Unbelievers should fear not knowing God, but once we come to know God, we should no longer have any fear (Mark 12:30) because our love should be perfected (He is not a punisher, 1 John 4:18). Fear of God is a commandment of man (Isaiah 29:13)...
"And the Lord said: "Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment of men"
All verses are from the RSV. Many modern versions of scripture have been corrupted for the sake of political correctness.
---more_excellent_way on 8/4/08|
I am not going to say this is easy, because it is not. Spending a lot of time with God is certainly a MUST! God likes you, at least that is what He said to me one day. He didn't use the word love He said like. That meant a lot to me.
---catherine on 8/4/08|
the reason why people see god is throwing lighting bolts is bec. the message of the gospel is always pointed to sin & when you sin god will punish you. or what about the verse 'deny yourself' that self is sin. another is how can the gospel apply to the real world. when people ask about issues in life, it is pointed to sin or the answer is 'it is not biblical' or 'ye lack faith' or 'ye did not fast or give your tith'.
---mike on 8/4/08|
We aren't expected to love others more than we love ourselves (philosophically, that wouldn't be true love), we should love our neighbor AS "we love ourselves", not as an ICON.
A wise man said (Ecclesiastes 2:17)...
"So, I hated life"
("grevious to me" corruption, hatred/resentment, war, cheating/betrayal, etc.).
It's not an ungodly attitude to feel uncomfortable in this world ("poor in spirit", Matthew 5:3, the kingdom within).
John 12:25, "he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life"
The Lord gave us each different circumstances/experiences in life ("varied grace", 1 Peter 4:10). Each devotion/relationship should be PERSONAL.
---more_excellent_way on 8/4/08|
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I like the answer given by Pharisee.
---mima on 8/4/08|
I am not in love with myself, But I LOVE I say I love myself. Yes!
---catherine on 3/22/07|
I would find all of the Scriptures that tell who you are in Christ, if they are saved. If not, I would find all of the Scriptures that say what God says about His creation and His love for them. It is God's love that draws them. When they see how special they are it will begin to click.
---Betty on 3/22/07|
I would teach people to ask God to show them who they are and what they mean to Him from God's point of view, not theirs. In other words, let me see myself as God sees me, not as I see me and not as others see me, ONLY by HOW God sees me...with lots of love and compassion and mercy. His word says, "He is mindful we are but dust."
---donna6598 on 3/22/07|
If a person doesn't like themselves, then they'll not be able to like others.
---Rebecca_D on 3/22/07|
It all starts at the cross in repentance.
When we see what Jesus was willing to suffer so that we would not be separated from God life has new meaning because we have new meaning that we never thought of.
Most people imagine God as a burely old man throwing lightning bolts from a cloud, and even after salvation as you stated we discover a day at a time how much he really does love us.
---Pharisee on 3/22/07|
Psalm 139 says you are fearfully and wonderfully made. I would teach folks to get to know the Love of God that He has towards them. Receive and believe how much God loves you. To live in reality means we live knowing who we are in Christ Jesus. Find out who you are in Him, i.e., You are the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus. There's alot of meat in that one scripture. Do a bible study and ask Father to show you the reality of living by His word.
---Donna9759 on 9/1/06|
Well, being you have gone down this path recently, why not share your experience with the person, and show them the scriptures that were a revelation to you? I find my way of sharing my faith is usually through personal testimony. One cannot dispute a personal experience, they can only choose to disbelieve.
---Katie on 8/30/06|
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In Mark 12:31 Jesus said, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." He commanded us to love others, but if you meditate on that scripture you'll see that "You shall(are going to) love you neighbor the exact sameway that you love yourself". If you love yourself 30-fold, you'll love others 30-fold. Checkout Ephesians 2:10.
---Rickey on 8/30/06|