- "God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them." (Exodus 2:24-25)
- (Didn't we say to you in Egypt, 'Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians'? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!" - Exodus 14:12)
- "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." John 13:34
I am so grateful to hear God say, love one another as I have loved you, rather than leave it at "love your neighbor as yourself" (matthew 19:19).
How do I love myself? Am I someone that I want to be my own neighbor and love me the way I love myself?
I feel uncomfortable sharing the potential growth of a relationship or a job with certain people. Not because I am afraid they will be envious but on the contrary, because I know they care so much for me and want me to settle down, that in the process they forget to care for my well being.
I used to go crazy when someone tries to shovel someone or a situation down my throat. It took a spiritual awakening for me to realize that people love others the way they love themselves. They stay too long in a very uncomfortable situations because it is safer. Working where one feels enslaved, unappreciated or even humiliated is Ok more than risking to be unemployed. As long as someone says "I Love You", it doesn't matter if the relationship is abusive or if he/she lies or is hurtful in anyway, it's a safer bet than risking to be alone.
I like to be honored, respected and cherished and someone who does not love themselves this way, would definitely be unable to show another differently.
Today, I know that it is ok to love myself more than what others see as a good enough love for me.
Today, I want to learn with joy to love myself more and more everyday, till I become someone I desire to be loved by. Only then, would I be a neighbor, a friend and someone whose love is desired and invited into others lives.