Self-care and self-love
"Love your neighbor as yourself" - Mark 12:31
Self-care and self-love are important aspects of our lives as Christians. In Mark 12:30-31, Jesus tells us: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. But in order to love others well, we must also love ourselves well. This means taking care of our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. We cannot pour from an empty cup, and if we neglect our own well-being, we will not be able to love others as fully as God intends.
Self-care is not selfish. It is necessary for our own health and well-being, and it enables us to love others with greater compassion and generosity. This can look different for each person, but may include things like getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising, spending time in nature, reading, praying, and spending time with loved ones.
Let us remember that we are valuable and loved by God. He created us in His image and wants us to take care of ourselves. When we prioritize self-care and self-love, we honor the gift of life that He has given us, and we are better equipped to love and serve others in His name.
As we practice self-care and self-love, let us turn to God in prayer. Let us ask for His guidance and strength as we prioritize our well-being, and let us trust in His love and provision for us. May we love ourselves as He loves us, and may we love others with the same compassion and generosity that He has shown us.
Pray with us
Dear God, thank You for creating me in Your image and for loving me unconditionally. Help me to prioritize self-care and self-love, and to honor the gift of life that You have given me. Thank You for your never-ending love and grace. Amen.