There is often enormous pressure to keep up with the non-stop noise and activity of our modern world. Jesus offers us an alternative to this frantic pace but following Him and resisting the pressure around us will require a simple act: kindness toward ourselves.

Is there anything about yourself you wouldn’t want anyone to know? What do you think would happen if you shared those things with someone?

How does shame keep us from connecting with God and other people?

How do you show kindness to yourself right now? What makes it difficult to be kind to yourself?

Read Matthew 22:37-39. Jesus says the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. How does being unkind toward ourselves affect the way we treat others?

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