One of the biggest problems I see people face is not thinking well of themselves. And when it comes to loving oneself sometimes that is even harder. However, God wants us to love ourselves and the Word of God tells us it is His desire for us to love ourselves.
Matthew 19:19 tells us to love our neighbors AS ourselves. Now if we are to love them AS we love ourselves then God must want us to love ourselves. He must want us to think highly of ourselves. (Do not confuse thinking highly with being proud, arrogant, or haughty) God wants us to love things about us, however most focus on what we do not like about ourselves.
We do not like our hair, or our hips, or our nose, and we fixate our minds on what we do not like; instead of looking inside as our Father does and focus on the real us, not the outside shell we live in, but our inside self – who we really are!
The Bible talks about love and walking in love and this applies to us; not just to others. As we learn to walk in love with others we will feel better about ourselves too. We must learn to accept who we are. And the parts we don’t like; we give them over to God and allow Him to lead us and perfect in us what we cannot.
The more time we spend with God and realize His love for us, the more we will spread that love to others and even to ourselves.
As a gift to yourself this Christmas why not focus on how great you really are. Not what you look like but who you really are. Focus on how much your Heavenly Father loves you. Focus on how much others love you.
God wants you to remove all of the thoughts you have about yourself which do not line up with His Word. You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)!
You are the best present you can give to your Father in Heaven, you are the best present you can give to someone else, and you ARE the best present you can give yourself this Christmas Season!