Christ In The World, christian, Devotion, How to

Loving Others = Loving Yourself

Hello, my lovely warriors! So, this morning I was doing my devotional and realized that I have not done a devotion blog in a little while. For that reason, I have decided to do this one.

I’ve been reading through Psalm for the past month or so and it has some beautful scripture in it. Some very inspiring words written by David. Usually on the weekends I try to read through a Psalms and then a chapter of John.

While reading through Psalm there is a beautiful picture painted of crying out to God and Him coming to our rescue. But, our story can’t end there either. Once He rescues us, we have to then go and praise Him. We have to spread the glorious love that he has shown us, to others.

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“I waited patiently for the Lord, and He turned to me and heard my cry for help. He brought me up from a desolate pit, and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”

The problem that so many people have is that we forget who saved us. We forget about the sin we were in and the troubles we suffered were all stopped by God. We forget to praise Him.We forget to tell others that they have a hope.

That’s why I’m here. I am here because God saved me from my eating disorder, and now I want to be the messenger to others suffering, dying. I am giving up control and letting God take over. I am letting Him own my writing and this blog. I want everyone who reads this, even if it is just one person glancing over, to know that they are loved. Endlessly loved by an almighty father, waiting for His child to turn to Him.

All we have to do is pray. I prayed so often for God to save me. And in time he did. But it has taken a while, and I am still not fully healed. Healing is a long process, but with Gods help it is not impossible. He has given me the strength to wake up everyday and realize just how lucky I am. I have a wonderfully made body that works perfectly. I try everynight to thank God for my body. To drill it into my head that God makes no mistakes and I am his perfect daughter.

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But I was also reading through 1 John 4 and 5 this morning and God reminded my of something. I feel like God has been nudging at me to remeber these simple words:

1 John 4:7 – “Let us love one another”

It is so simple, yet so difficult. How can we possibly love everyone. But these two chapters really focus on that as children of God we owe it to Him to love everyone the way He loves us. That is why we love one another, because He first loved us. Because “perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18), we can rest assured that we are allowed to have fears and problems, but with love they can be defeated.

I truly believe that the way you can learn to love yourself is by loving others. I know how hard it is, especially with people who have ED, to love themselves. It seems impossible. But it isnt. And I am slowly learing how to love myself. And, I don’t just mean love my body, I mean love myself, my personality, my quirks, my spirit, my voice, my brain, my heart, everything.

This task, which seems so difficult, is actually so simple. We have to begin by loving others. When we start to love others it will become so easy to start loving yourself. When you start by looking at a random person and pick out the things you like about them, you start this habit of looking for good in people. If you see something about someone you like, tell them. Because, making other people feel better will make you feel better.

If you start by loving other people, it will be so much easier to love yourself. If you can look at every body and see the beauty within and on the outside, imagine the beauty you’ll be able to see within yourself. You have to start the train of thought that looks for the good in others, that sees people as more than skin and bones, but as a person behind that. See people as their actions, as the past and present; see them as someone who can change the world for God. See people as God sees you. And then, maybe you’ll see just how amazing God’s love for you is, and how much you deserve to love yourself with that same unending passion.

I encourage you to take one day this week, maybe Saturday or Sunday, and do a devotional. If you aren’t sure where to start, start with Psalm. It has so much in it, so much hope for suffering. And, if you want to make it more interesting, get some markers or pens, and pour a drink for yourself, and take a cute picture. Post it on twitter or instagram and tag me! My social media links are below on my site.

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My goal for you:

  1. If you go out today find something about someone that you like and compliment them. It may be their outfit, their hair, the way they talk, something they said, their mentallity, their kindness, their determenation, anything.

 

I am praying for each and every person who reads this post, you can and will make it through your eating disorder.

Love, Mack.

 

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