to Better Love Others
This one fits in nicely with my last post about how we need to learn to love ourselves appropriately before we can genuinely love others without an agenda or conditions.
Here are some thoughts on this topic…
“Many people fail at marriage because they don’t love themselves, and therefore they have nothing to give in the relationship. They spend most of their time trying to get from their spouses what only God can give them, which is a sense of their own worth and value. Receiving the free gift of God’s unconditional love is the beginning of our healing, and the foundation for our new life in Christ.
We cannot love ourselves unless we realize how much God loves us, and if we don’t love ourselves, we cannot love other people. We can only maintain good, healthy relationships with this foundation of love in our lives.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
Once again, similar to my last post, it’s important to first properly love ourselves, in order to extend healthy love to others. It’s usually due to insecurities in ourselves that we try to make someone else change how they treat us–and manipulation is another behavior we should avoid, because nobody appreciates being manipulated and used.
So What Are YOUR Thoughts?
Have you ever felt manipulated by someone you love?
Do you have a healthy love for yourself so you can extend love to other people?