An on-again, off-again effort won’t do. Neither will a lukewarm love. No, God wants you to give him your whole heart, your whole soul, and your whole mind.
I love you, O Lord, my strength … Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O Lord; I will sing praises to your name. He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever.
(Psalm 18:1, 49-50, NIV)
At times David was a shameful sinner. All of us sin, yet God called David “a man after my own heart” because David’s love for God was authentic.
The Bible tells us God looks into our hearts, seeing the purity of our motives. Your unselfish desire to love God pleases him.
This brings us back to our today’s topic “Secure Your Own Oxygen”
Whenever you board a flight, you hear in the safety briefing, “First secure your own oxygen mask before helping those around you.” The reason is that if you neglect to get the air you need to live, you will be of no use in helping others who need assistance.
The secret lies in “love your neighbor as yourself.” You are not perfect. You will never be perfect. You know you have faults, yet God commands you to love yourself. If you can love yourself despite your faults, you can love your neighbor despite his or her faults. You can try to see them as God sees them. You can look for their good traits, as God does.
“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35, NIV)
remember that your worth comes not from how you look or what you do, but from the fact that God loves you deeply.
When you have a healthy love for yourself, when you see yourself how God sees you, you treat yourself with kindness. You don’t beat yourself up when you make a mistake; you forgive yourself. You take good care of your health. You have a future filled with hope because Jesus died for you.
Pleasing God by loving him, your neighbor, and yourself is no small task. It will challenge you to your limits and take the rest of your life to learn to do well, but it’s the highest calling any person can have.
Thanks and Good luck.
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