“He answered: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind;’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
This verse is quite simple. Jesus is giving us specific instructions that we are to love God just as unconditionally as he loves us. His love for us is so deep and so wonderful that the least we can do is love Him back in the same way. Jesus also tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. This verse can be difficult to follow for two reasons. The first is that sometimes not everyone is lovable in our eyes. Yes it is hard to love some people because maybe they hurt you or did something you cannot forgive them for, but we must do our best to love everyone just as God and Jesus love us. The other difficulty is what if we don’t love ourselves. This is tricky. There could be many reasons we may not like ourselves, but I know one thing that always helps me on days I find it hard to love who I am. God loves you. God made you perfect just the way you are. Never forget that. Knowing that God loves you because of all your flaws can be hard to grasp, but if you realize that you are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” you can love yourself just as much as God does. Take a break today and think of someone that’s hard to love and try and find it in your heart to forgive them for what they’ve done. Or if it’s yourself that’s hardest to love, make a list of all the positive things about yourself that you like and display it somewhere you can see it and look at it every day.