it’s not a sin to love yourself

"Love Yourself" (cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward)

“Love Yourself” (cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward)

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Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” I was taught that this assumes I should love myself.

But I don’t remember being taught how to love myself. I do remember being given instructions on how to discipline myself, and that this was an expression of love. But what about just loving myself? Why is religion so effective at making us feel guilty for it?

Well, when I love someone, I…

  1. treat them gently
  2. give them gifts
  3. respect them
  4. am aware of their needs and desires
  5. contribute to their happiness
  6. spend quality time with them
  7. try to do nothing to hurt them
  8. protect them
  9. let them go first
  10. enjoy who they are

There’s more. This is just a short, beginner list on ways I could love myself.

What would you add?

It’s not a sin to love yourself. Love yourself!

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3 Responses

  1. Jeff P says:

    Accept and be comfortable with who they are.
    Let them change.
    Hold them close but loosely.

  2. James says:

    I wouldn’t add to your list. But this I would say: the poisonous misreading of scripture in far too many churches is that you have to love Jesus, THEN others, THEN yourself. In too many cases the church masks loving the church as loving Jesus, so it gobbles everything up first – and there is never enough left for others, and never anything for you. And ultimately you will burn out.

  3. nexar says:

    insist that they get up by themselves and carry on when they stumble.
    pick them up if they fall and dust them off.