Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Matthew 22:37-39
Sometimes in life we do not excel in our careers, businesses, and relationships because we do not feel worthy and are not properly loving ourselves. Often, we cannot even properly love others unless we first love ourselves! Although we may know in our minds that we deserve abundance (John 10:10), we must reprogram our hearts to receive that abundance (Proverbs 23:7) through understanding our righteous identity. It has been said that in life we do not receive what we want but who we are! Allow the love of God and self-love to fill your heart in order to manifest ALL the promises of God!
Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself! Matthew 22:38
Let's be honest, sometimes as Believers it becomes emotionally exhausting when we try to love someone and demonstrate kindness towards a person who constantly pushes us away or rejects our attempts to connect with them! It becomes even more troubling, when we know in our hearts that we have done nothing to wrong the individual and it is clear that they are pushing us away based solely on their own past hurt and baggage they may be carrying that we never caused. What do we do in these situations?
It is important for us to ALWAYS operate in love. Nonetheless, in today's Scripture, Jesus admonished us to love our neighbor as ourself (Matthew 22:38). Essentially, we are to love other people to the extent we love ourselves! If we do not operate in self-love, we can never love others appropriately. We were never instructed to love others MORE than ourselves but "AS" ourselves.
If you are able to operate in and show love towards someone who is ornery and constantly rejects you and it doesn't affect your self-esteem or diminish your sense of value, that is definitely commendable! On the other hand, if your sense of value has began to become affected, it might be wise to take a step back. If you have reached the point of mental and emotional exhaustion with someone to the point that you have neglected your own well-being, it may be an indication that it is time to take a step back and allow God to completely take the reins of the situation to operate in the heart of the other individual and to reveal to us the reason we are allowing this behavior. God is always able to do exceedingly more than we can ask or think in the relationship and in the individual's life (Ephesian 3:20). Love others and always love yourself as well!
Let us make man in our image. Genesis 1:26
Too often in life, we base our self-worth and value on outward circumstances! When circumstances "appear" good in our lives, we feel validated and valuable. Conversely, when we experience what we deem to be challenges, we feel that our value is diminished. Even negative people can cause us to question the high value we have always possessed if we are not careful. We must understand the design of negative circumstances. Negative circumstances come to obscure the fact that you have always been complete and valuable in Christ! Never base your identity on negative circumstances! You are created in the image and likeness of Almighty God (Genesis 1:26) whether circumstances "appear" good or bad. In fact, the Bible is clear that you are in fact Royalty (Revelation 1:6)! Your immeasurable value always remains intact regardless of circumstances!