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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. – 1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV
Self love includes being patient and kind to ourselves. We sometimes focus so much on taking care of others that we forget to take care of ourselves. Self care is a form of self love.
Sometimes we have to honor that we are out of energy by the end of the day and need to take something off our schedule. The Lord understands that our energy is finite, which means that we need to say “no” to some things.
We take pride in our productivity, but there is a time to work and a time to rest. Even God rested on the seventh day after creating humanity. The Lord rested and declared His work good. We can rest and restore ourselves, too. Amen.
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. – Proverbs 12:25 NIV
There have been times in my life when I have had a lot of anxiety. My anxiety didn’t mean that I didn’t have faith, but it distracted me from my faith.
The Lord asks us to cast our cares on Him for He cares for us. When we speak kind words to ourselves, we can have more compassion for others. When I find myself judging others, I ask myself “to focus on yourself. How would you feel if someone said the same thing about you?” I almost always back off from being angry after reflecting on my own standard of judgment.
When we feel exhausted, our physical state may cause us additional worry, but God is faithful, and He does not forget about us. Amen.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. – Proverbs 15:1 NIV
When we are kind when we choose our words, others are more likely to treat us nicely in return.
When we say whatever comes to mind, we sometimes speak too quickly, and might say something hurtful.
The Lord asks us to love one another, and part of being loving means choosing our words carefully. Amen.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32 NIV
I was troubleshooting an issue on my website the other day with a tech support guy and even as tech savvy as I am, I was getting frustrated. I had to step away, take a deep breath, and eat something for breakfast so that I wouldn’t be irritated just because I was hungry.
The Lord wants us to be compassionate. I know what it feels like to be on the other side of the tech support conversation with a person who is impatient and irritated. I had to pause and send peace and ease to the tech support person I was angry with because I know what it is like to be in his shoes.
We have to forgive ourselves for not always being as compassionate as we could. There is always another day to try again. Amen.
The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” – Exodus 33:14 NIV
When we are tired, we need to rest. The Lord knows that we need a day off to restore our minds, bodies, and spirits. This Sabbath rest is essential, not only to honor our relationship with God, but also because we are human and it is very easy to fall when the devil trips us up.
The devil looks for every opportunity to attack us. He wants us to feel angry, frustrated, and resentful rather than loving, kind, and patient. When we feel ourselves slipping, we need to call out to the Lord to help us. His Presence is with us and in us. He is never far away. Amen.
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:6 NIV
It can be challenging to always speak with grace. We don’t have all the answers, but we can be kind and patient when we don’t have the answer or choose not to speak.
When we judge another person, it can be easy to get caught up in our own sense of right and wrong without considering their perspective. Sometimes it is best to listen.
The Holy Spirit can direct us how to answer when we are unsure. He never tells us to say anything unkind. He always has the right answer, but sometimes we have to wait for it. We don’t have to react to situations immediately. After prayer and meditation, we may see a situation differently.
Sometimes dealing with things with grace requires unplugging ourselves from technology. We can set healthy limits so that we are not unwittingly letting in agitating communications. It is perfectly fine to turn our phones off or put them on airplane mode so that we can exercise good sleep routines. The Lord knows that if we take care of ourselves it will be easier to respond with grace. Amen.