I can speak from personal experience as my generation, the generation of the “divorce culture” lead that philosophy…which lead to leaving our wives, our husbands and children behind in the wake of “I just want to be HAPPY”. We justified this by saying, “I will be more “happy”, “healthy” and “a better person” for me, my family and others. If I go “find myself”, “love”, “happiness”.
My friends, if you haven’t (like I) discovered already that this is a LIE from the pit of hell by now, eventually you will. Though today we see much obvious and direct evil, the devil is usually very sneaky… he whispers those lies to us. Many we don’t realize are from him because they are “philosophies” we learned or that our culture feeds us.
The TRUTH is that GOD IS LOVE. WE can ONLY learn and know LOVE from Him, by Him. We are not truly capable of loving ourselves unless we know the TRUE LOVE of the CREATOR OF LOVE. (1 John 4:7-9 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.…)
To know love, to be love, to give love is to be filled WITH HIM AND HIS TRUE, PURE LOVE. We give ourselves completely to HIM and let HIM fill us. When we do this and truly open ourselves up to this LOVE, which will flow like living water (John 7:38, “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them”.) filled like jars of clay (2 Cor 4:7 :But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”).
..we can THEN truly love not only ourselves, but all those around us. We can serve them, nurture them, forgive them, give them grace, be at peace with them; Moreover, be at a TRUE place of peace and love for ourselves and our souls. (Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”)