Jesus Frees Us to Love Ourselves

Learning To Be Full Of Grace And Truth.

Self-love is basic to being human. It is one of the ways in which we are created in the image of God. God loves Himself and so seeks His own glory and happiness in all He does. This is the clear implication of Psalm 115:3, “Our God is in the heavens, and he does as he wishes.” The word the NLT translates wishes in the original Hebrew means pleases, delights, desires, favors, or likes. So God not only does whatever He wishes, but more specially He does whatever He pleases or whatever brings Him pleasure so that the ESV translates the same verse, “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.”

Jonathan Edwards had a wonderfully simple definition of self-love. He said that self-love is nothing more than loving your own happiness (Charity and Its Fruits, in Works of Jonathan Edwards, Volume 8, Ethical Writings,

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