Feb 13, 2011
The world is full of God's creatures, each having infinite value because it is created by an infinite God. Every creature, therefore, deserves love and care and respect. Furthermore, we are called to operate in the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). We are to employ all of these qualities when we relate to God's creation and that does not exclude ourselves!
Some Christians feel that treating themselves with love and respect is selfish and somehow wrong. Nothing could be further from God's truth. We do not operate in the gifts of the Spirit in most ways, and then cut them off completely with ourselves. No! Treat yourself with gentleness and kindness. Be as patient with yourself as you are with others. Love your neighbor, to be sure, but don't exclude yourself.
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