Its okay that you shared the same thing... its just even when I did focus on Him idk... I still didn't feel much love for myself...like.. even now as a Christian I struggle w/ it... I don't see how loving God will transfer love to myself (not saying it can't happen..) I just don't understand how it will..My answer is we don't try to love ourselves, but instead we focus on loving God.
Now in the case of being in a place where guilt, self image, or social status comes into play, we must turn to scripture.
I know for me, guilt is a big thing that I deal with, I sometimes find myself feeling unworthy to even talk to God, that I'm not worth it because of whatever sin I did in the past. But really what that I am saying is that what God did isn't enough, and my sins are bigger than God. That in and of itself is a lie from hell. In 2nd Corinthians 5:17, Paul writes that we are a new creation and that the old is done away with. If you are a new creation in Christ, you are free.
Self image is a tricky one, and the world bombards things with making you look like a wonderful human being that is a beautiful mess. But no matter what they say, we know that how wretched we really are. So we need to accept that. Not embrace it, not feed it, but simply humble ourselves and acknowledge our failures and shortcomings. After that, we can lift them to the Lord, as we should lift all things to Him. He is in control of our lives, and again, we are a new creation. If you honestly don't like the person you are, you need to look and see where you are falling, and with dilligence and perseverance, take the necessary steps with the Lord. Sanctification is a process that requires a breaking point. But you must understand that God loves you, and his love is more real and intense than anything in this world, and God alone is all you need
In social status/looks all I can really say is look at everything in light of eternity. Is what you're wearing, the money you make, or anything you own going to matter in 100 years. No, but your faith, and your walk with Jesus will.
In sum, I hate to share the blanket statement of focus on Jesus, but that's what we must do, if we do, we find peace in the storm. If we do not, we will find storms in the peace
Matthew 16:24-25 Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.Its okay that you shared the same thing... its just even when I did focus on Him idk... I still didn't feel much love for myself...like.. even now as a Christian I struggle w/ it... I don't see how loving God will transfer love to myself (not saying it can't happen..) I just don't understand how it will..
I know physically, to love yourself, you keep up your appearance, you strive (academically ;if youre in school, you get a job ...) you do these things because you know you're worth it..and you deserve it...
But emotionally, when you feel less than/low..... the only thing I can think of are positive affirmations....but I wonder if affirmations are enough to fix an emotional mess ..you know?
To be honest I don't love myself in any admirable sort of way. The only way I love myself is by taking care of myself. There are times I sincerely hate myself. What pushes me through is God's love for me. Loving yourself won't really do you any good, it will just make you selfish like the world.Ive been pondering this question lately.....
and Idk know how to fill that space...
I tried to follow Him, I went after god hard.. I made myself look like a fool(took the bus and train to church ..sometimes in the cold or rain..while others got rides ..this wasnt all the time though)), feel stupid, allowed myself to be belittled to tears by someone who was supposed to guide me, I gave money...Matthew 16:24-25 Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
Some choose to have a fruitful life and have good self esteem , others choose to live like a victim and wallow in self pity.Childhood abuse rips at the very spirit of a child. Not going to be easily repaired with one-liners. Victims of abuse will spend a lifetime dealing with the memories.