The toughest topic, loving yourself! Not the worlds kind of self love- the inflated ego, self focus and "its all about me" kind of love. No this is the sacrificial, serving, peaceful self love.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Cor 5:17
The word that stand out is NEW- new person, new life! So I chose to focus on that for my bible study this week. I use www.biblehub.com as my study starting point. I love to look up the verse, read the Lexicon, then the different translations, and finally the commentary. This commentary really explained this verse to me, so I am sharing it as a quote directly from BibleHub.
"Therefore — Since all Christ’s true disciples do thus live to him, and not to themselves, and only know him in a spiritual manner; if any man be in Christ — By living faith and the indwelling of his Spirit; if any man have an interest in and union with him; he is a new creature —Καινη κτισις, there is a new creation, in the soul of that man. His understanding is enlightened, his judgment corrected, and he has new ideas and conceptions of things. His conscience is informed, awakened, and purged from guilt by the blood of Jesus, Hebrews 9:14. His will is subjected to the will of God, his affections drawn from earth to heaven, and his dispositions, words, and actions, his cares, labours, and pursuits, are all changed. Old things are passed away — All old principles and practices;behold — The present, visible, undeniable change! all things are become new — He has new life namely, a spiritual and divine life; new spiritual senses, new faculties, new desires and designs, hopes and fears, joys and sorrows, passions and appetites. His whole tenor of action and conversation is new, and he lives as it were in a new world. God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, angels, men, sinners, saints, and the whole creation — heaven, earth, and all therein, appear in a new light, and stand related to him in a new manner, since he was created anew in Christ Jesus."
So I am a new creation, my heart mind and soul are new! I rejoice in that like a leopard who can't change it spots on it's own, my spots (sin) have been washed clean by the blood of Jesus and I am a new creation!
Creating that light feeling I used watercolors, and Lindy's stamp gang glitz sprays and of course glitter glue! Hope you get the sense of lightness I feel! I am a new creation!
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