Good Monday Morning Coffee everyone ☺️ with me and your host, Kenya! I hope everyone is having an amazing morning! Welcome to a new week, new day, and another encouraging conversation! So, if you are ready, then grab your favorite morning drink ☕️, and let’s start the conversation!
So, for today conversation we will continue with our “Loving Others Well” series. Last week we discuss why it was important to build on the foundation of intimacy with the Lord Jesus Christ. Since God is Love and one of the fruit of the Spirit is love, this would be the best place to start from. Now we are going to lean into part two:
Treat Yourself Well
In Mark 12:31 it says, ” The second is this” You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these”. When I read this scripture, I am not only being instructed to love my neighbor but I am being instruct to love them as I would love myself. So loving yourself is important and it helps give us insight into what others would like as well in the area of love. I think at times we may feel bad for loving ourselves. It is important to have a healthy view and love for yourself. Just think about it, if you were not special, then way would Jesus give His life for you. This is why spending time with God your Father is important. First you are making time not only for God but for yourself, as well. As for me, in the morning I need about two to three hours to myself. Not only do I spend time with God but I also work on me. So after I have been poured into I can pour out to others. It is important to watch what we are allowing to be pour into us because what you have is all that you can give. For example, if all you do is take in a negativity then you will give that same negativity. So treat yourself better. Care about your health, your mind, and especially your spirit.
Humans all have the same basic needs and desires. We need proper shelter, sanitary items to help stay hygienically healthy, food, water, and also human interaction. For those who are parents your are aware of the needs your children have because of your own experience when taking care of yourself. You won’t neglect the needs of your child because you know how it feels when your needs are neglected. It is the “treat others as you want to be treated” saying.
Another thing that I feel like the scripture is revealing is that we are to make the first move. This is pulling us away from waiting to be loved and pushing us to others to love. When I read this scripture I am seeing how God made the first move through Jesus Christ. Although we need to show love toward ourselves it does not mean to do it in a selfish way. Many times people would keep their compliments, smiles, embrace, and money to themselves because they may have concluded in their minds that “until someone gives me these things, I will not give as well”. Thank God the whole world is not like this or we would be endanger of instinction. Today’s culture has a lot of selfish ambitions connected to it. There are people who totally feel it is okay to disregard the feelings and opinions of others without proper reasoning. Now I am in no way a people pleaser but the focused is to please to God. God has called us to be caring and considerate towards others just like we want someone to be towards us. So, I think it would be important to stay mindful to think about the possible implications of those things that we are considering to do or say.
So, how can we love others? Well, when we see someone in need, we should consider if we were in their place, would we appreciate someone coming along side of us to help. Even giving a compliment or a smile would brighten someone’s day because we know when we receive one, it brightens ours. Actually it does not take a lot to show the love of God to someone. At the end of the day our needs are simple. A conversation, a compliment, a smile, a helping hand, and if you can, perhaps food, water, or money are easy things.
Monday Morning Coffee question: In what ways do you love others as you love yourself?
So with that, remember to take it one day at a time, stay encouraged in the Lord, and remember God loves you sooo much, so make sure to love Him back!
Thank you for joining me for today’s Monday Morning Coffee conversation. I hope you were blessed, inspired, challenged, and encouraged. If so, then please like 👍🏾, subscribe, comment, and share. So until next time, have a beautiful blessed day 🌺 and bye for now 👋🏾!