By Brooke Holt
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.” Psalm 139:13-15
There is the great adage that says you cannot love others unless you love yourself. I know. This is not necessarily what we like to think about or discuss. However, God has made the way for this to happen. Believe it or not, he does want you to love yourself.
Why does God want you to love yourself? Because you are his masterpiece, his idea, and his perfect design. There are no bad days with God—no mishaps or slips in his handiwork. The psalmist exclaims God’s hands knit him together in his mother’s womb. Ponder that word “knit.” Knitting is a careful, intricate work done in love.
God, in his infinite wisdom, knit you together in perfect love. Every aspect of your being is his perfect design, and he loves you. Why do you doubt your value if the sovereign Lord created you in love with such care and precision?
The psalmist invites you to step back from all the lies you speak to yourself and/or the hard words you have heard throughout your life and to recognize God’s plans and purposes for you. Just like the writer, God invites you to delight in his handiwork of you. Marvel in his delight of you, his love for you, and his good plans for your life. Then, ask him to help you receive his love, delight, and plans. Then, you will become who he made you to be and what a joy that will be for you and everyone else!
As you learn to love yourself by understanding you are “fearfully and wonderfully” made by the Lord, you can also learn to appreciate that others are too. Loving yourself truly does lead to loving others. May you experience this divine love today!
Spend time asking the Lord to see yourself as his intricate design, “fearfully and wonderfully made.” We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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