Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:34–40
Key Verse: Matthew 22:40
On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
Some evangelicals espouse the warped view that loving ourselves is selfish and wrong.
While Christians obviously are called to love God and others, loving ourselves in a biblical, nonnarcissistic fashion fosters a healthy spiritual balance. We love ourselves properly when we see ourselves as God sees us.
God declares His children to be His workmanship. He views us as men and women of inestimable worth—valuable enough to execute His own Son on our behalf.
Your clothes, home, car, work, and friends do not determine your worth. God does. He values you so much that He desires to spend eternity with you.
We also love ourselves rightly when we treat ourselves properly. As God’s masterpieces, we should take care of ourselves. Our bodies need balanced nutrition and exercise. Our personal grooming should be neat. We polish our furniture and wax our cars because they are objects of worth to us. Are we not worth more than they?
You are God’s good and lovely creation. The more you affirm God’s evaluation of yourself, the more you will adore Him and love others.
O God, You have declared me to be of inestimable worth. Help me view myself as You see me—valuable enough to execute Your own Son on my behalf.