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Is Self-Love Selfish?

Hello everyone! I bet you’ve been wondering, “where has Emily been, and what happened to her blog?”  Well, I redesigned my blog and am now self-hosting it. I meant to tell you all about it in a post, but it failed to post correctly -_- Of course, the process was tedious and almost disastrous for my technically disadvantaged self. But the most important thing is that I’m back, and all of you lovely followers and readers are here with me! 

I hope you all love the new look and easier navigation. While I still work on the nooks and crannies, please feel free to comment your thoughts. I’m so happy God has blessed me with such a great blogging community, and I look forward to bringing you some awesome new content!

bold love

While scrolling through social media, I recently read a post about how it’s wrong for Christians to love themselves. That we take the verse “love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31) a little too selfishly. After all, we are all selfish sinners who really should be less focused on us and more focused on Jesus.

Let me be clear, I do agree that everyone (myself included) is born a sinner and needs Jesus to save them. Only then can we become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). And of course I believe that we humans are naturally inclined toward selfishness. Our flesh wants what it wants, and that is how we stumble and fall. We need to die daily to our flesh, our wants, and our comforts in order to fully live by the Holy Spirit.

But here’s what a lot of people don’t understand: truly loving yourself also requires you to die to yourself. Before we became Christians and were lost in our sin, did we really truly love ourselves with the love that God has for us–the love we’re supposed to lavish on others? Of course not! We wouldn’t need Jesus if we could be Him.

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10 NIV).

The way we “love ourselves” in our flesh is selfish and twisted. We let sin run rampant because it feels good. We deny ourselves grace or treat it like it’s not even a sacred gift. Only with God can we truly learn to love ourselves. Once we realize how much He loves us and that He gave Himself up for us, only then can we see our true worth.

We are loved. We are called. Even in our brokenness and sin, God loves us just as we are (Romans 5:8). Now God is calling us to new heights. To realize our value and be confident in His perfect love. To walk in this love so all can see.

In one of my psychology classes, the professor once asked what the difference was between pride and self-esteem. This is the answer God led me to:

self esteem

Pride is elevating yourself above God and above others. Self-esteem is realizing God’s sacrificial love for you and walking in this love. I don’t think the problem is that we love ourselves too much. We don’t even know what true love is without the Holy Spirit.

Is it love to chain ourselves up in our own sin and addictions? Is it love to destroy our bodies with self-harm or eating disorders? Is it love to take out our pain and anger on ourselves and those around us? Of course not! Now a lot of these things we cannot help–at least not in our own strength. We don’t know how to love ourselves because we are lost and broken.

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love (1 John 4:8 NIV).

God is love. Jesus laid down His life on the cross for you and me. Walk in this love and freedom. You don’t have to seek love from other people or things. Jesus’ perfect love is enough. This love will free you to love yourself and others in Spirit and in truth. Don’t live how the world lives and don’t love how the world loves. Live and love with the boldness of Jesus.

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Confidence Crisis

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 (Photo Credit)

There is a crisis happening among women and men of God. It’s not one that we can see on the outside, but it’s an inward struggle. It’s something that the devil wants to suck out of us so we feel powerless and useless for God’s kingdom.

It’s confidence.

I am not a confident person–at least not on my own. All my life I have been a bit too humble with self-esteem issues. Whether it be my appearance, my intelligence, or my abilities, I would always find something wrong with me. And I still tend to do this. It’s probably my greatest weakness.

But you know what? Jesus can take our weakest traits and use them for our good and His glory.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV).

Once again, it’s all about Jesus! When we are at our weakest and broken by sin, God has the chance to use His grace to redeem us and renew us with His power. He just wants us to get out of the way and make room for His grace and strength. We need to quit trying to run the show and let God take care of us.

I’ve been writing a lot about being confident in who God calls us to be, but I have to confess that it can be hard for me to live by. I am naturally shy. I love people, and I enjoy having fun–but meeting new people or stepping out of my comfort zone can be a real confidence killer for me.

However, the more I let God work in my life, the more my confidence seems to grow. When I let Christ lead me and strengthen me, I find that I can have courage in the midst of my fears. It’s not like all of a sudden all of my insecurities and worries go away, but I can get through them. It gets easier with time and prayer.

God’s confidence is not just for me–it’s for you as well! Jesus didn’t die for us so we could live timid lives. He wants us to be as bold as lions! I know that I will always be shy, and that’s okay. I believe this makes me a better observer and listener, which in turn helps me with my writing. Let God help you turn your weaknesses into strengths!

The Lord is the strength of my life…In this I will be confident (Psalm 27:1,3 NKJV)

Love, Emily <3

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