Self-love, self-affirmation, self-celebration, self-conscious, …there’s just one problem—self. What about the cross? What about Jesus Christ? What about looking to Him instead of to self? We are in bondage. Slaves. Chained and bound by sin. We cannot love ourselves free, affirm ourselves free, celebrate ourselves free. The chains that bind are only broken by the blood of Jesus Christ. He paid the price for freedom. His blood spilled out in a gruesome death for you to be free—FROM SELF.

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” -‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:22-24‬

Righteousness and holiness. Without holiness no one will see the Lord. The transformation is internal. A complete work and change of the heart. Only work that Jesus Christ can do through the power of the Holy Spirit indwelling a man. You cannot change yourself. You cannot free yourself. You cannot love yourself into perfection. You CAN surrender all. Surrender total control of your body, soul, spirit, mind, heart, will, motives, possessions, relationships, choices, thoughts, goals, hopes, dreams, life—surrender total control of your life to Jesus Christ. Turn your life over to His rule and reign to do with you as He wills. Because His will is good, pleasing, and perfect. Then you will find freedom. Then you will have rest for your soul. Then the peace of God that transcends all understanding will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.

Surrender All. The most self-loving thing you could do is to die to self.

“Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” -Matthew‬ ‭10:38-39‬

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