As I drove to school this morning, I decided to listen to one of the messages by Joyce Meyers that I still remember very well even though it was more than 3 years ago that I heard it.
The title of the message is ‘Embracing God’s love’ and in that message, Joyce Meyers preaches what she feels is the message she would preach if she only had one message to preach.
Here are some truths that resonated with me many years ago, but are still powerful reminders today:
We listen to so many sermons on such a variety of topics, but we don’t stick to one topic and conscientiously apply it for it to have significant effect in our lives.
The most important relationship that you have in the world is with yourself. If you cannot get that relationship right, then you should spend all your effort working on that before doing anything else.
Some of us are too hard on ourselves. When we are hard on ourselves, we become hard on others too. We need to learn that God loves us for who we are, that we are ‘wonderfully and fearfully made’.
We need to learn to love and take care of ourselves. If we don’t take care of ourselves, then God can’t work through us and we can’t do anything for others.
Most of us spend our lives trying to be someone else, but we don’t realise that God just wants us to be ourselves and not anyone else. God made you to be you and nobody else can take your place.
If you don’t love yourself, then you can’t love others because God doesn’t tell you to give what you do not have. If God’s love is not present in your relationship with yourself, then you will not be able to pour out his genuine, unconditional and real love towards those around you.
We must realise that God’s love is in us and that we are God’s temple. If we ponder on that truth long enough, it might just change our entire world view.
I shall be pondering on this truth today as I go about my activities. What a simple yet important reminder!