As Christians, Jesus asks us to love our neighbor as ourselves. For those of us on the margins, for whatever reason we are out outside the majority, it can be hard to love ourselves. Often making it easier to be kind to others than to ourselves. Especially when all that is cast outward is how we are not enough, not the right gender, not the right race, not the right sexual orientation, have not stayed out of prison and so on. This is not the case when it comes to God, we are enough and worthy of love, without an asterisk.
Although, God loves us it is not as easy as some people say as reciting “I love you” into the mirror every day. It is possible to get there. There may be personal prayers to write for ourselves, a prayer already available to us that may lead toward self love might be found in the Lord’s Prayer. The NIV version below reads debts and debtors, it also appears sin and trespasses.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
It is love that enables the beginning of forgiveness for ourselves. For example, the forgiveness to ourselves for believing someone casting us to the margins and for taking so long to see our own value and so on. Then in this case, “the evil one”, is what ever takes us from God’s love. With that focus, it might be easier to read that as “from evil”, because any action that is evil is one based in fear and fear is not found in God’s love.
During the personal minute(s) of prayer each day this week, see where forgiveness might be useful to allow more love. After all, God’s forgiveness is infinite.(Matthew 18:21-22)