Tonight I was singing my kids to sleep, and I was singing them love songs. Like “Mother I Love You,” but I substituted a child’s name for “mother.” They love personalized lullabies.
Then I thought of these words, “As I have loved you, love one another.” I think this message is usually translated as “love your neighbor the way God loves you.” And that is a wonderful and important message. But I also love the thought of loving yourself the way God loves you.
God loves you without limits, without conditions, and without reservation. He loves you even while knowing all about your weaknesses, sins, and imperfections. His love does not depend on your notice or action or good works. His love is constant.
Sometimes it’s easy to not love myself when I’m aware of my own faults. Sometimes it seems like there is little I’ve done in a day to make me worthy of my own love, let alone Heavenly Father’s love. Yet He still loves!
Here’s my advice for today: love yourself the way God loves you. Know that you are wonderful even when you are full of faults and weaknesses. Even on your worst days, you are adored and cherished by a divine being. Remember His love. Pray for forgiveness when you do something wrong. And then know that tomorrow can always be a better day.