What do you like about your BODY?
Many of us struggle with loving ourselves. If you are asked what you like about yourself, what would you say? Typically we don’t talk about loving our physical body. Much of the time, we tell of a character attribute like “I am kind”, “I am servant hearted”, “I am empathetic”, “I am organized”, etc. We rarely tell of a physical attribute. We often focus on what we don’t like about our bodies, and fail to recognize what we do like. I encourage you to take a minute now and think about what physical characteristics you like about your body.
God made you
We must remember that God made us (Genesis 1:26-27). Psalm 139:14 tells us “I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” He made us in his image and we are to celebrate our physical bodies. Yes, we have flaws, but we must remember that despite our flaws God loves us so much!
God loves you
Love is a very common theme throughout the Bible. God’s love is steadfast. The phrase “steadfast love” occurs 193 times in the ESV Bible. Steadfast means unchanging, always present, unfailing. The Psalms are best known for describing the love of God. Here are just a few verses that give us a deeper understanding of God’s love for us.
Psalm 13:5 “But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.”
Psalm 32: 10 “Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.”
Psalm 52:8 “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.”
Psalm 63:3-7 “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.”
Psalm 107 states over and over “Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love”
Psalm 136 states over and over “for his steadfast love endures forever.”
A picture of love
By no means are these Psalms exhaustive, but these do give us a good picture of the extent of God’s love for us. We learn from these Psalms that we are called to trust in his steadfast love (Psalm 13:5, Psalm 52:8)). His love surrounds us (Psalm 32:10). His love is better than life (Psalm 63:3). We are called to thank him for his steadfast love (Psalm 107). Lastly, his love endures forever (Psalm 136).
We also must remember that God loved us so much that he paid the debt for all of our sins. Romans 5:8 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” This is an amazing evidence of how much he loves us! It is helpful to remember that God loves you. ALL of you. Not just your character, but also your physical body. When we deeply understand God’s love for us, we can start to love ourselves like he loves us. All of us.