You cannot love anyone unless you love your self. Love must enfold your every relationship, including your enemies.
Rightly loving your Self, as obedience to God’s second command, is something entirely different than self-worship. To love and respect your self honors God!
When life hurts us, there's a temptation to make a pact with the devil to survive it. This play for power over the pain in our lives is deadly and devastating.
Being sorrowful about sin doesn’t mean that we hunger and thirst for righteousness. Grief about our sinful condition is not actual repentance for our sin.
I want to confess a sleight-of-hand use by my soul to get its own way. It was a “These are not the droids you’re looking for” moment for sure.
Not a single time did the Lord excuse a sinner because of their circumstances. He had grace but never excuse. There's no get out of jail free pass because of circumstances.
To lend our ear to the accuser is listening to Satan’s words by leaving the Lord’s voice. If he can surround us with evil people spitting at us, and get us to spit in return, he wins.
Our culture is literally inflamed with “self.” We are consumed with self-interests, self-promotion, and gratifying self. We have become our own lovers and it is only going to get worst.
Being focused on what God has for ME is not selfish. In fact, it's vital for a life of adventure! So let’s talk about how to be on self in an obedient way.
When we block the flow of God’s love into our hearts, we have a love deficit and a big problem. Is this deficit behind the character issues that plague us?
Our thoughts, choices and reactions to our lives permanently chisel grooves and lines into our faces and bodies. Like a journal of our journey, our path is revealed in our appearance.
Jesus doesn’t shrink from my fallen, sinful condition. Quite the contrary, He longs to be invited inside, in order to eradicate it.