Because He First Loved Us

“No one will love you until you learn to love yourself.”

This 👏🏼 is 👏🏼 not 👏🏼 true 👏🏼

Here’s a more accurate version:

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
– Romans 5:8

God loved us before we were redeemed. He loved us while we were broken, messy, self-indulgent sinners, who desperately needed a hero. We were never supposed to be our own saviors. Our approval is too fickle, and our faith is too fragile. But God’s love for us does not waver or tremble, even when we can’t find it in us to love ourselves.

He knew every curse you would utter, every doubt you would face, every trial you would encounter, every tear you would cry, every sin you would commit, every addiction you would lose to, every fear you would yield to, and every mistake you would make–yet He still loved you enough to die for your redemption.

1 John 4:19 reminds us, “We love because He first loved us.”

So, if you want to love someone—including yourself—start by loving Jesus. His love is unchanging, unfailing, and unshakable, and when we rest in that truth, we will become those things, too.

4 thoughts on “Because He First Loved Us

  1. I am so glad you said this. That saying about loving oneself has never sat right with me.

    I thank God for loving us so much that even while we were sinners yet to be born, He sent His Son to die (and be raised again!) for us. ♡


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