…but you shall love your neighbor as yourself…
Nobody wants to admit it, but it’s no secret, we love “us”.
So there, it’s out. I’ll admit it for you, you love yourself. You may deny it but it’s time to face the facts. We spend a whole lot of time indulging the inner and outer “you”.
We love us.
I know you look in the mirror and you might not like what you see. Your nose is too big, your hair, well that’s another story, but overall you’re not too bad off. With the right amount of time and money you could look pretty good.
That’s the point of the verse.
The time and energy spend on loving yourself could be spent on the love of your neighbor. Here’s the point, God loves you. He has from the moment of your creation. God will never stop His love for you.
You don’t need to waste too much time on self-love; God’s got the love thing covered.
You do need to take care of yourself. Eat right, exercise, have shelter, and decent clothes; you need the basics. But the loving yourself thing is, well selfish. God created this lovable person that you are, not so you can be your one man fan club, but so you can share that love with others.
God loves you; what more do you need? Share that God love with others.
Make sure you take care of your basics. God is not asking you to be a martyr. At least not today. You need to be healthy to be able to offer help to others.
Now comes the fun part. You know how to take care of yourself. Now pass the love around. Love your neighbor. Make sure their basic needs are being met.
Go beyond that. Help them get to heaven. Introduce them to the Savior.
This is an excerpt from my book,
A 30 Day Biblical Approach to Love
Frank J Walker LMFT
1617 Main Street
Cambria, Ca. 93428