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“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

– John 15:4

Something I’ve noticed about people, and Christians in particular, is that we have a hard time practicing self-care. Yet especially as believers, we have every reason to love ourselves and to treat our bodies, minds, and hearts with the same affection that the Lord does. To expound further upon the image we introduced yesterday of being the apple of His eye, I want to encourage you to bear good fruit in your life by staying connected to the Vine. 

In other words, slow down, abide in His love, learn from His example, and grow strong and healthy so you can nourish others. As you do this, He will empower you to establish rhythms of rest so you can embrace Kingdom life with energy, enthusiasm, and passion. Unfortunately, many of us get caught in the trap of “doing” rather than “being,” and we become devoted to crossing items off of a checklist rather than letting the Lord check our hearts. However, to live in the peace we have inherited by His Spirit, we must learn to be still so we can receive His goodness in our souls. 

My friend, as one whom Jesus treasures, you have every reason to love yourself. When the Lord looks at you, He sees a priceless and beautiful jewel, and just as He compassionately protects and provides for you, He invites you to do the same for yourself. He has given you authority to govern the kingdom of your heart with wisdom and prudence, and He beckons you to speak kindly and lovingly to your soul, just like He does. Take care of yourself, steward well the fullness of life He has blessed you with, and you will bear good fruit that transforms the world around you! 

Prayer


Jesus, teach me to love and care for my own soul before extending myself to others.

Reflection


Do you struggle with self-care?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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