Trends are a dime a dozen and it isn’t hard to get swept away in the current of the next social craze. They are here today and gone tomorrow. One of the “newer” trends is the self-love movement. I put quotes around the word newer because self-love actually isn’t new at all, regardless of what social media and cute memes argue.
As long as individuals have existed, the concept of self-love has existed. Click To Tweet
Written well over 2,000 years ago, God admonishes us in Leviticus to love our neighbor as ourselves (19:18, NIV). So how do we approach self-love as Christian women?
Self-love or Philautia can be either healthy or unhealthy and in our never-ending journey to be like Jesus one of our goals is to seek to glorify Him in all things.
We have infamous examples of what can happen when self-love is exhibited in a heart that is not fixed on Christ. Lucifer, the king of Babylon, Judas, and many more loved themselves so much that they thought of themselves equal to or greater than God manifested in both words and deeds.
More than just vain conceit, this kind of warped self-loved resulted in a dismissal of God’s law of having no other gods before Him (idolatry) and resulted in a severing of the relationship. And what is God’s law if not but the golden standard of loving God and loving others?
When our hearts are transformed by God, we love differently, this subtle transformation causes us to love ourselves differently too.
I believe what God is asking us to do in Leviticus is so much more than self-care day or indulging in a “me-time” moment.
Philautia love is an intentional lifestyle: it’s a way of being “self-less”. Part of loving ourselves is directly connected to what we believe about God’s love for us and the power of that love in our lives.
We love others as we have learned to love ourselves.
When we believe in the worthiness and value of Jesus’ sacrifice (also rooted in love) we will see ourselves as He sees us, through His eyes and with a heart of love.