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Love yourself

Do you know you were made in the image of God? Who is God? At a minimum, He is the creator of the universe, the creator of mankind, the creator of all things great, which includes love. Yes, God is love and God only operates in love. He is also all power, wisdom, and authority. God is the Great I Am. That's right. In Exodus 3:14, when God was sending His beloved Moses into Pharaoh to save the Iraelites, God told Moses that the Great I Am was sending Him. Clearly, God was and is the GOAT (Greatest of All Time). He was and will always be the greatest. Period. Isn't it awesome to be loved by the greatest of all time? 

Genesis 1:27 says, "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." That means you were created in love by love. That also gives you the divine right to love yourself and to not let anyone tell or convince you otherwise. God loves you, so, love yourself and treat yourself kindly and with love. Yes, this writing is for you, because I love you too in a "brotherly/sisterly" type of way. For instance, when talking about the commandments in Mark 12:28-34, Jesus said a few things to the scribes, which went like this:
"And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions."
So, regarding love, love yourself. You are loved by God and you are loved by your "neighbor" too. You are valuable, you are special, and the Lord is thinking about you. You are not reading these words for nothing right now. They were meant to comfort you and to tell you that you were created on purpose, for a purpose, and with love. You are meant to be here. You are somebody and the Lord sees you, He hears you, and your life means something. So, operate in love starting with yourself and keep that going forever.

Love, Sharon
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