We are all eager to talk about the fact that “God is love” when we speak to others. What about when you look in the mirror. Are you willing to tell that person in the mirror that God loves you? In the coming weeks, we will be adding “yourself” into the love equation. We’ve talked about what it means to love God and our neighbor, now we’re going to add you and me to that mix.
What do you see when you look into the mirror? Friend? or Foe?
Using Frederick Beuchner’s understanding of love as “working for the well-being of another”, we will be talking about the following questions:
- What does it mean to work for your own well-being as a way of loving self?
- Why will/do we want to love self? Can one truly love another if you do not love yourself?
Here are some examples of working for your own well-being
- care of your physical body
- care of your mind
- care of your soul
Accept yourself as a child of God. Aging bodies are okay and natural. We were all created to be different, not the same. We were created to have limits. We are loved nonetheless!
I saw God the other day
She looked like you
He looked like me
God’s Love in Christ Jesus
31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?….
35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord
Verses from Romans 8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)