COMPASSION IS THE VITAL CORE of Christianity. Jesus summed up all of his teachings with the commandment to love God with our entire being, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Tragically, however, we are rarely encouraged to extend compassion to ourselves. In fact, it has often been downright discouraged. . . . And yet, Jesus’ invitation is to love our neighbors as ourselves, not instead of ourselves. The care, good will, and delight we extend to ourselves should be the measure of that which we offer to others.
We do not love ourselves well. Self-denigration, self-loathing, and chronic self-critique are epidemic. …
Self-denigration violates the teachings of Jesus. Jesus sought to restore personhood, not diminish it. … In the eyes of the God Jesus knew, we are all sons and daughters of the divine, we are all beloved, and we are all held in the sacred radiance that delights in our beauty and giftedness.
Weavings, Nov/December 2015/January 2016
From “That’s My Girl! That’s My Boy! Seeing Ourselves the Way God Sees Us” by Frank Rogers Jr., pages 42-43, Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life, November/December 2015/January 2016. Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about The Upper Room.
Love yourself well today by reminding yourself that God loves you. Share your thoughts.
“When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come.”
Mark 13:7, NRSV
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This week we remember: Gertrude the Great of Helfta (November 16).
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