Learniing to love yourself dove christian counseling center. One reader found this book to be different from other selflove books as it teaches you to realize that your entire life can change the moment you choose to love yourself. And youll find that when you start to like yourself, other people begin to like you too. Instead of trying to just talk yourself into believing you have selflove, foster compassion for yourself with these three practical steps. Moon, mdiv, phd, executive director, dallas willard center for christian spiritual formation. It follows from what i said above that all people love themselves in this sense. Some people think jesus said we must learn to love ourselves before we can love others, but thats not what he said. Some christians cite jesus commandment to love your neighbor as yourself matthew 22.
One client writes, chapter 5 was one of the most impacting chapters for me. Such love includes caring for yourself, respecting yourself, and having a sense of selfworth. Learning to love yourself is a journey to selfworth sharon wegscheidercruse shows you new perspectives and guides you to higher in learning to love yourself, we can choose our own selfworth. Teens relationships matterand learning the five love languages can help them communicate with their peers, parents, siblings, teachers, and coaches. Selflove may be defined in two ways in relation to such an understanding of human happiness. So i went to the bible and searched for love yourself there, and. He loved jehovah god first and devoted himself to accomplishing his work. I dont know about you, but i struggle with the idea of selflove. Thus, the implied meaning is, you shall love your neighbor just as you are to love yourself. I believe these types of teachings are incredibly dangerous and can. Welcome to the summer sizzle blog hop series where 9 christian. In popular circles this verse is often paraded as a text which teaches that we are commanded to love ourselves. In her new book, she gives you the tools to fall in love with yourself.
I have come across these same teachings in self help books that dont claim to be christian. One of the most misunderstood scriptures in the bible is the one said by jesus that states you must love your neighbor as yourself in fact the command to love your neighbor as yourself can be found eight times in the bible. You love yourself when you can turn away from something that feels good and exciting to what you need to stay strong, centered, and moving forward in. Many people think the cure to a poor selfimage is to learn to love yourself. I have known jerry and denise for the better part of three decades. Whether your goal is to love who you are right now, reshape the way you view food, develop a meditation practice, or discover new ways to embrace the great. Multitudes of people, christians included, go through life feeling. People who have been abused for most of their lives are very down on themselves. A sevenstep prescription for selflove psychology today. They support this idea by pointing to jesus command to love your neighbor as yourself matthew 22. Loving yourself dena johnson martin christian blog. It has had a profoundly positive effect on our clients. You love yourself in this sense if you desire and strive for your own happiness.
You must love yourself first, and correctly before you can love your neighbor correctly. First, a person can be said to love himself if he is devoted to his own interest. Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. Instead of loving yourself, focus on being someone who loves. Learning to love yourself workbook by gay hendricks. Books that help kids know and love themselves brightly. Some people think jesus said we must learn to love ourselves before we can. Learning to love your body and your sexuality 36 6. Loving yourself dena johnson martin christian blog and commentary on. The bible indicates that it is proper, even necessary, to love yourself to a reasonable degree. I am learning that one boundary i need to set is that i am off.
Francesca sannas latest is a beautiful sequel to the journey, which followed a refugee family as they fled their wartorn country. But i believe our desire for obedience grows as we continue to experience his love, goodness and faithfulness in our lives. Keep it on a positive note with these books about self love, because you should never be too down on yourself. Ive heard this common sentiment hundreds of times in songs, poems, on bumper stickers, and even in the church.
Learning to love yourself by sharon wegscheidercruse. Keep it on a positive note with these books about selflove, because you should. Each activity in this new book may take no more than fifteen to thirty minutes, but each one offers profound results. So the as yourself part is the most important part of that scripture. Sometimes people think of loving myself as a feeling to be conjured up. She guides readers on a journey to greater selfworth, explaining how to eliminate toxic selfdefeating messages, how to choose healthier, new perspectives, and. In fact, selflove is practically the key to unlocking any other kind of love. This book is ideal for those who are on a journey to forgiveness, acceptance and loving themselves. Selflove and the christian counselors task desiring god. She has brought hope and healing to millions as an author, counsellor, trainer, consultant, and lecturer. The first book ive read about learning to love yourself that actually helps you to learn to love yourself easily. The longest relationship youll ever have is with yourself.
This book will give you permission to love yourself the way that god loves youthough it. Its about treating yourself with the same love, respect, and kindness youd show to others. If youre in a place today where you dont love yourself, its hard to take a quantum leap and become someone who does. If youve never read my about deb page youll learn more about me than you. In me and my fear, the young protagonist is apprehensive about starting a new life in an unfamiliar place, and her fear keeps growing bigger and bigger. Love yourself, they place emotional and spiritual health on a solid foundation of lovefor god, for others, and for self. Just like when youre building muscles, selflove takes consistent practice. Learning to love yourself is a journey to selfworth sharon wegscheidercruse shows you new perspectives and guides you to higher selfworth so that finally you can love yourself. In the revised edition of the classic learning to love yourself, wegscheidercruse explains that it is possible to create our own selfworth at any time in our lives, even as adults. You may dislike them or disagree with them, but their commitment to christ makes them your spiritual. Well, you cant really love others until you learn to love yourself.
Is learning to love yourself really what people need to learn. In learning to love yourself, we can choose our own selfworth. But as appealing as the idea of selflove may sound, i believe there are key ways in which this teaching falls short of the biblical alternative. Every christian should read this book, especially those who had hurtful childhood experiences. Despite what some may say, selflove is not selfish. If you like yourselfeven though others may notyoull keep growing in your relationship with christ. This list isnt exhaustive by any means, and there are many others that should be. A good way to look at loving yourself is by emphasizing the action.
But as she learns to share her fear with others, she creates new friendships, and her fear begins to change. Learning to love yourself while being in love with someone else 49 9. So put down that book for the moment and check out whats sizzling this summer. By this point, youve already opened up to your pain, moved into learning, started a dialogue with your feelings, and tapped into your spiritual guidance. One of the best ways of learning what the bible means is by studying the historical and cultural background of the various biblical books. Jesus loved his neighbor, showing this by caring for the needs of others even to the point of giving his own life. Both completed masters degrees in christian counseling at regent. This book will give you permission to love yourself the way that god loves you though it.
As a program director of a womens christian recovery program, i have incorporated the missing commandment, love yourself into our curriculum. What keeps you from loving someone god loves so much. Hope and health for the alcoholic family and learning to love yourself. It is necessary for us to get rid of our toxic selfdefeating messages, and choose positive changes. She has written 19 books translated into languages, and broke ground and fostered a movement with her works, another chance. In order to help you, i compiled a list of 50 books i think that every christian should read.482 316 524 1568 945 55 42 1405 157 1399 1064 1015 278 1507 1044 912 49 127 1320 1153 1468 125 259 879 288 1420 1348 72 1271 62 32 70 1136 1383 538 942 753 532