1 Corinthians 13:4-8 is a popular verse read and celebrated at many weddings. However, it isn’t necessarily reserved for romantic love. In fact, this same kind of love can be applied to how we feel about and treat ourselves.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 English Standard Version (ESV)
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends.
Read this verse and study it. Read what your study Bible says about it. Look up the definitions of key words in these verses. Talk to your study buddy and ask that person for their interpretation of the scripture. Pray and meditate on God’s truth about how this scripture applies to you. And then ask yourself…
- How can you be more patient and kind with yourself?
- In what ways do you need to be more humble and unpretentious?
- How can you be more accepting of yourself?
- What truth about yourself do you need to start celebrating?
- What about yourself do you need to forgive?
- What about yourself do you need to believe and hope for?
Loving ourselves starts with understanding what LOVE is.