The love that lifts us out of self-hatred

Are we supposed to love ourselves? Most would agree that doing so is essential for living a happy and successful life. “Love yourself” is a popular admonition.

But does this conflict with the Christian demand to be humble and selfless? After all, Christ Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). As I’ve thought about what it means to love oneself, I’ve gained a spiritual perspective by exploring this question about identity: What exactly am I loving as myself? 

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