Is it wrong to love yourself?
What does it even mean?
We know what it means to love others and yet somehow loving ourselves can be portrayed as sinful & selfish.
Is it sinful or selfish?
Perhaps its how you define the word “LOVE”.
How can it be acceptable to love others and be frowned upon to love yourself. It doesn’t make sense?
To love others is to be there for them no matter what. To take good care of them and to do your best to protect. It means you take extra care to be thoughtful and kind. All you want for the one you love is the very best. You have there back. When the one you love hurts, you hurt. When the one you love is in trouble you are there. When you love someone you care about how they are feeling. When they tell you that something you may have done or said hurt them the most natural response is to feel awful and apologise. You make it right for the one you love. No hesitation. Its top priority!
Which brings me back to the question, what does it mean to love yourself?
As a young person i didn’t love myself i infact went the complete opposite and hated myself. This meant that i had no value in myself. This led me into making some very poor decisions. It was only natural to gravitate to people that treated me the way i thought i should be treated.
27 years worth of heartache and pain.
I married the person that matched their actions with my belief that i was not worth being treated properly.
Not many understood my journey except to see that on the outside i didn’t look happy.
Despite our church attendance and my occassional questions to other church going wives i was always left with the idea that i had to change and be the wife my husband needed me to be. That all i needed to do was PRAY and God would change my husband.
I prayed, i cried, i felt hurt and angry, i was lonely, confused, anxious, i prayed, i cried, i hurt so much. I tried and i tried. I read books, i went to womans conferences, i asked for prayer. I was desperate. I was depressed. I lived with so much confusion.
NOTHING SEEMED TO WORK.
I REALISED. …
That this man was never going to change and i did not need to stay in this unhealthy relationship any longer.
Over the last 10 years of our marriage i started to realise i was valuable.
I didn’t deserve to be abused and mistreated!
Abuse does not need to be physical. Its the silent treatment, mistreatment, neglect, manipulation, the hahaha moments when they make a joke at your expense in front of others. Rather than supporting you they leave you to take care of yourself. You aren’t their priority you are their toy. They hurt you by hurting those you love. They dont care about your feelings as its all in your head. Your too sensitive. There is no remorse to the hurt they inflict emotionally. While you are hurting they are laughing. Its hilarious to see peoples reactions they say! I love pushing peoples buttons to let the real person out that people hide, they tell you, you know their true colours.
Is that love?
Is it wrong to love yourself enough to recognise that someones mistreatment of you is wrong?
Loving yourself is knowing who you are and not letting another human being inflict harm on you. Its harmful to be manipulated, its harmful to be controlled, its harmful to be ignored by the one that says they love you. Its harmful to be laughed at or laughed about in front of others.
The damage digs deep.
It closes your heart.
You lose your own voice as you settle believing your feelings and thoughts mean nothing.
For me loving myself meant that i removed myself from harm. I realised my value and worth as a human being. I cant even imagine the outcome had i stayed any longer.
LOVING YOURSELF IS NOT SELFISH OR SINFUL, it is necessary in order to keep the balance and to know when enough is enough!!!