Why is it so hard for us to believe that God's love really is unconditional and that we should imitate God's love not only for others, but also for ourselves?
Perhaps we have regarded self-centered behavior too harshly. We are unwilling or unable to give ourselves the same gentle grace that God offers us and that we believe should be offered to others. Leap from doubt to belief and remember that God loves you, delights in you, and yearns for your response.
-- Rueben P. Job & Norman Shawchuck in A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God (Nashville, Tenn.: Upper Room Books, 2003)