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Bible verses about self love
For no one has ever hated his own flesh, but rather nourishes it and cares for it, just as the Lord does the church.
So men too should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
2 Timothy 3: 1-5
But you should know that in the last days there will be dreadful times. Because there will be people who think of themselves, stingy, glorious, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unspiritual, stubborn, unforgiving, molesters, unchaste, wild, indecent.
But the other is the same: You should love your neighbor as yourself.
“You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.”
Psalms 139: 13-15
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.”
1 Timothy 4:12
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
1 Samuel 16:7
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
2 Timothy 3: 2
Because there will be people who think of themselves, stingy, glorious, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unspiritual.
2 Timothy 3: 4
Traitors, wicked, inflated, who love lust more than God.
And while injustice will prevail, love will grow cold in many.
Proverbs 27: 5
Public punishment is better than secret love.
1 Corinthians 10:24
Nobody is looking for what is his, but each one of them what the other is.
Philippians 2: 3
Do nothing through quarrel or vain honor, but through humility respect one another more than yourself.
Esther 6: 6
And when Haman came in, the king said to him, What should one do to the man whom the king would like to honor? But Haman thought in his heart: Who else should the king be willing to honor than me?
Jesus answered them and said, Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me not because you have seen signs, but because you have eaten of the bread and are satisfied.
And everything that my eyes desired, I left them, and I did not prevent my heart from joy, so that it was joyful from all my work; and I thought that was my part of all of my work.
But you, dear brothers, are called to freedom. But see that through freedom you do not give space to the flesh, but through love serve one another.
1 Corinthians 13: 4
Love is long-suffering and kind; love does not zealous; love does not act willfully; she does not bloat.
What is love?
When we humans think of love, it is easy to think of good feelings, but true love is not dependent on emotions.
It’s about so much more than I feel for anyone. Whether it is romantic love, self love or love for a family member, friend or colleague, love is given and received based on what I myself get out of it.
We have looked at some above – bible verses about self love- now let’s look at love as a whole.
1. Cor 13,4-8.
Love is patient and gentle, love is not envied, it does not boast, it is not inflated, it does not behave badly, it does not seek its own, it does not erupt, it does not impute evil. It does not rejoice over injustice but has its joy in the truth. It endures all things, it believes all things, it hopes all things, it endures all things. Love never ceases. ”
When I can do all this despite my feelings, no matter what others do, it’s love. I do not feel loving when I am tempted to anger, impatience, to seek my own, to believe the worst or to give up hope for someone.
But when I deny these feelings access and rejoice, I am patient, humble myself, tolerate others, endure everything – it is true love.
Love gives its life, the natural reactions and demands that are part of human nature, and expects nothing in return.
“No one has greater love than to give his life for his friends.” Jn 15:13.
To love first
“Love does not consist in the fact that we have loved God but in the fact that he has loved us and sent us his Son to atone for our sins.” 1 Jn 4:10.
It’s nice if someone loves me and I reciprocate his love. It’s simple, but it’s not proof of love. God loved us before we loved him, and we have done nothing to deserve this love.
What if someone treated me badly? Where is my love then?
Love gives and not only to those who are good to us. It loves its enemies, it loves first and it does not disappear whether love is reciprocated or not. It can withstand everything.
I say unto you, Love your enemies, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Then you are Heavenly Father’s children. He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and bringeth rain on the just and on the unjust. Matthew 5: 44-45.
If anyone says he loves God and hates his brother, he is a liar. For he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this is the commandment which we have from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. 1 John 4: 20-21.
Our love is no greater than our love for our fellow human beings. Godly love is not changed by circumstances. It is firmly anchored.
The tendency is to want the others to change. We feel that it is difficult to love someone the way they are and wish they were different.
This is proof that we are more concerned with our own happiness and comfort than with love for others. So we are looking for our own.
The truth is that instead of hoping that others will change, we must find sin in ourselves and cleanse it. Sins that I see when I deal with others, such as self-interest, an “I know better” attitude, complacency, stubbornness, etc.
If we clear away these things, we can carry, believe, hope and endure everything for the others. We love them as they are and we can pray for them with a sincere, godly love and concern for them.
And there are no exceptions. No thoughts that “this person does not deserve it” Jesus gave his life for us, the ultimate proof of how much he loved us and no one has ever deserved this less than us.
To love does not mean to accept the other’s sin or say that everything they do is ok.
It is to carry them, to pray for them, to believe in them, to wish the best for them. It’s action no matter how I feel.
Then I can go from having a natural aversion to someone to loving them for real. I can only admonish, advise, or correct them to help them and turn them away from things that may be harmful to them if I do so out of genuine care for them.
Every one I meet should feel an attraction to Christ through me. Love is what draws people.
Kindness, gentleness, patience, understanding. How can anyone feel an attraction if they experience me impatient, arrogant, rude, hateful, etc.?
So I can pray to God that he will show me how to get more out of it if I feel that I lack true, divine love. I must be willing to give up my own will and think of others before myself.
Now faith, hope and love exist, these three, but the greatest of them is love. 1 Cor 13:13.
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