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IT'S ALL ABOUT THE RIGHT RELATIONSHIP :part 6 learning to love yourself

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IT'S ALL ABOUT THE RIGHT RELATIONSHIP :part 6 learning to love yourself

before we can sustain any type of relationships in this life
we need to have the right relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus said that the first commandment is to love the Lord
and the second is to love thy neighbor with the same accord
but the problem is when it comes to love some African- americans don't have a clue
as a people of color we're dealing with racism and PTSS too
Post Traumatic Slavery Syndrome has on my people taken a toll
as we don't know how to love nor how to achieve that goal
Black on Black crime occurs more than any other criminal stat
as it's about taught behavior and how to life we react

we were enslaved, we were degraded, we were never shown how to love
is it a wonder that as a people we have difficulty in rising above?
we need to reorientate our thinking about those things 
that symbolize trouble and strife
to look past  society's stereotypical words that have affected our lives
black ice, black cat, black magic, dark horse and of course black ball
just because we are Black we don't have to perpetrate 
the self-hatred into which we're apt to fall  

we need to love to love ourselves and not look for validation in designer garbs
we need to love to love ourselves and realize we're all images of God
we don't need to measure our worth in terms of what society deems
we're children of the Most High God and by the blood we've been redeemed
it was a Black man named Simon who assisted Jesus with His cross to Calvary
and a Black man named Barak Obama now holds the office of the USA Presidency

we need to learn to love ourselves just for who and what we are
just like the Lord God loved us from the very start
so let go of the rage, let go of the hate and let go of that age old grudge
forgive as Jesus forgave those who tormented Him and spilled His blood
no longer to be angry, no longer to be mad and no longer to feel rejected
moving forward in God's grace knowing that your're wanted, loved and respected
learn to love yourself and then your love for God 
and your neighbor will come through
learn to love yourself with a positive mindset 
and an outlook on life that's brand new

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  1. Date: 7/18/2011 10:33:00 AM
    What a blessing we have in PoetrySoup. A place to come to write and read and make new friends along the ink trail. Wishing you a wonderful week filled with inspiration Louise. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/18/2011 7:17:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading your story and yes there is alot of racism in your country, where I live here in Australia and back in my homeland New Zealand, I'm a maori, brown skin as well. Yes we need to love ourselves first, then everyone esle, even those persecuting us. Anyway thanks for sharing