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What does the Bible say about self-love?

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21 Mar

What does the Bible say about self-love?

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:14

"No one ever hated his own body, but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church." Ephesians 5:29

"He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers." Proverbs 19:8

Love others as you love yourself.

"The second is this; 'Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than this.'" Mark 12:31

"Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 19:34

"Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord." Leviticus 19:18

"If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, 'Love your neighbor as yourself,' you are doing right." James 2:8

Self-worship is a sin.

"But mark this: The will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God." 1 Timothy 3:1-4

"Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin." Proverbs 21:4

"The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished." Proverbs 16:5

"Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips." Proverbs 27:2

"Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor." Proverbs 18:12

Don't focus on yourself, instead focus on the awesome love that God has for you.

"How priceless is your unfailing love!" Psalm 36:7

"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved." Ephesians 2:4-5

"We love because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

Think of others as more significant than yourself.

"Be devoted to one another in brotherly love." Romans 12:10

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." Philippians 2:3

"Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other." Galatians 5:26

There are two types of loving yourself. There is being conceited, prideful, and arrogant thinking you are better than others. That type of love is sin. There also is naturally loving yourself. Naturally loving yourself is being thankful for what God has made. Scriptures never says to love yourself because it is normal to love yourself.

So if we love ourselves too much or not enough, we move outside of what is "normal" in Scripture. God's desire is that we trust Him enough to rest in our soul about ourselves. God defines and declares our value, security and significance. By faith we agree with God's Word and are careful to not allow emotions or logic to have more power in our lives than Scripture. 

If we live within the balance of God's norm, we can take our eyes off of ourselves and join God in the work He is doing around us.




Mike Marecle