I’ve been noticing a trend on the Internet lately, even in Christian circles.
“10 ways to find yourself.”
“3 ways to learn self-love.”
“7 habits to discover who you are.”
When I see these posts on other blogs and social media, my heart aches.
You do not need to find yourself. You do not need to learn to love yourself. Oh, sister…no.
What does the Bible say about self-love?
You won’t find the words “self-love” in the Bible, but you will find the word “pride” over and over…and over again. God has a lot of not-so-nice things to say about pride. His Word says that pride is the root of all evil. Satan loved himself, and he fell “like lightning from heaven.”
To paraphrase Francis Chan (love that guy), Satan’s power is deception. His main weapon is to lie to the children of God; to twist the Truth and pull us away from Him. One of his talents is making sin look beautiful. Satan takes something that goes against God’s Word and makes it look beautiful by making it sound good or by putting good music behind it. It’s not a stretch to say that while self-love sounds so good, it’s really just pride.
I can’t find any place in the Bible that tells us to love ourselves. We are told to love God and love others, but never ourselves.
You do not need to love yourself.
Jesus died so that you did not have to love yourself. He died so that you could be loved by your Father, the God of the Universe.
If I love myself, I won’t get anywhere. As a human, I need love. But I was not designed for my own love, or any other human’s, for that matter. I was designed to be loved perfectly, by my God.
I was not created for myself, but for God. So how could I get love from myself? I won’t ever “find myself”, no matter how long I search, because I was created to be Christ. If I start to focus on loving myself, my focus is pulled from loving the Lord and the people around me, which is what I’m commanded to do.
Instead of trying to love myself out of my own human imperfection, I can accept the unconditional, ever-present, unchanging love of my Father. When I find my worth in Him, I find who I truly am.
Maybe we need to stop trying to be ourselves and start striving to be Christ—the One we have always been meant to illuminate.