Have you ever thought, “I’m still working through bad habits. I’m not living up to my fullest potential. I don't have it all figured out. I’m not always proud of myself.” And then you conclude, “I'm just hard to love” with a dropped weight in your stomach? Well yeah, we’ve probably all felt that way. We shouldn’t! It’s toxic and untrue.
A few years ago I heard about a spiritual practitioner who used to say, “I love everybody and everybody loves me.” And he meant it. There are many reports of people who were healed just by talking over their problems with him on the phone. His love was therapeutic because he knew that as the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26) he was profoundly lovable. His lovability didn't come from human effort, but from his innate Lovelikeness.
One way to make our love more salubrious today is to realize that we’re lovable. Just saying those words feels right, doesn’t it? “I’m lovable."
Now, we’re not lovable because we have good looks or positive intentions. Realizing we're lovable can only be enlightenment--it’s getting rid of the false notion that we're failing mortals and finding that we've always been the place where God’s love naturally shines through. That's us and that's you. The place where God, divine Love, shines through.
“...whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].”
-Philippians 4:8 (AMP)