Jesus calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. But what if we don’t act lovingly towards ourselves? We are all guilty of negative self-talk. We say things to ourselves that we would never say to another human being. But we feel justified because no one else knows about it. But if we can’t love and take care of ourselves, we won’t do the same for others. If God’s love is to truly be the driving force in our lives, then we must and stop tearing ourselves down with negative self-talk and destructive habits. As Cindy teaches us in this episode, we need to learn to be kind to ourselves so that God's love can fill our lives and bring us joy. If we are not able to love ourselves, then we won’t be able to effectively love those around us.
Who is Cindy Bunch?
Cindy Bunch is associate publisher and director of editorial at InterVarsity Press where she has worked for more than thirty years. Cindy acquires and develops for the Formatio line of spiritual formation books. She holds an MA in theological studies from Northern Seminary and completed her spiritual direction training at North Park Seminary. Her book Be Kind to Yourself is refreshing invitation to release your frustrations and embrace joy.
You can find out more about Cindy's work at cindybunch.com.
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