WE ARE now in the midst of observing Holy Week.
Jesus came to give us both love and life. His command is to love one another as He has loved us. We could transpose that and say, “Love yourself as I have loved you.”
Since charity begins at home, love begins with self. Therefore, when we have a healthy self-love, it is possible to reach out to love others. All of us have been hurt at some time and because we have been hurt, we tend to be angry. Thus, it is well to say a prayer of forgiveness.
Lord Jesus Christ, I ask today for the strength to forgive myself and everyone in my life. I know that you will give me the strength to forgive and I thank You that You love me more than I love myself and want my happiness more than I desire it myself.
It is especially important to remember that we have to keep returning to areas of unforgiveness, especially when it comes to self-forgiveness. The Lord wants to heal this aspect that we may love ourselves and see ourselves as He does and as others see us. Self-acceptance means being comfortable with one's self.
The following are some suggestions for those who have found themselves in the hassle of feeling themselves to be failures: Please pray to the Lord to give you the strength and help through the valley of darkness, seek guidance from a pastor or a trusted friend in venting your feelings, read the Scriptures for assistance and consolation, search for new opportunities, wait when one door closes and another opens, serve someone less fortunate than yourself, reflect how the Lord has taken you through many blessings and helps in time of trouble, praise God for His continued goodness to you, be grateful for people around you for their love, affirm people the good you see in them and help build them up, treat yourself and do something good for yourself everyday, think positively, speak positively and develop more hobbies to find release from tension, worry, frustration.
The Lord says, “I am generous with my love.” He loves us as we are right now, with all our faults and failings. We need to come to that deep awareness. What can we do? At this point with most of us, there isn’t much we can do on our own. We have been so formed and conditioned, yet the Lord can touch us. He can heal us of the guilt, shame, blame we all think, feel and act in our lives and will change each of us.
Maybe some of us may want to experience a new type of Christian walk and talk during our observance of this Holy Week, as a start. As we go through each day with at least ten minutes of prayer and ten minutes of Scripture reading, we turn to the Lord realizing that by being our natural selves, with all our faults and failings, open us up and believe in His healing love.