I previously wrote about using “love,” as described in 1 Corinthians 13, as filter in our lives.
God doesn’t condemn us, call us names, tear us down, or do any of the mean things we often do to ourselves. God LOVES us. God IS love. We don’t always see ourselves through the eyes of God’s love.
When you examine your thoughts through the lens of love, you can determine if it is coming from God, who is love. Using “love” as a filter can help us recognize when something is not from God.
As I’ve worked in the nutrition/fitness/dance field for 5,000 years, and been a person who lives in a body and eats food, one of the most common ways I’ve seen humans believing lies is related to how we view food and our bodies.
I cannot tell you how many times I hear people beat themselves up over what they eat, or how they look, believing something is “wrong” with them, or punishing themselves for what they believe is “bad” behavior when any enjoyment is found in eating. These thoughts are so normalized in our current culture that it’s hard to recognize these thoughts are not of God.
God is love, and there is no condemnation for those who are in Him. (Romans 8:1) This extends to how you eat, or how you view your body. We can easily spend so much time beating ourselves up or believing lies about ourselves that aren’t from God.
Choosing to see ourselves as God sees us helps us be patient and kind with ourselves, just as we would be with someone we love.
The next time you are struggling with your thoughts/feelings, and wondering if it is from God, ask yourself “is this love?”. God LOVES us. God IS love. Anything that isn’t love is not coming from Him.