A thought over the past 2 days on a topic that came up on 3 occasions, from 2 different friends, and 1 from a blog I read. Interrupting the flow of #ItsNotAboutUs, but I think at the end of it, it will fit into the flow…
‘You must love your friend in the same way you love yourself.’
What is your view on this scripture? I think we are doing a grrrrrreat job in loving our neighbour, only because we set it against a low standard of self-love. I believe we do not love ourselves as we should, and we ought to… we’ve been bought at a very expensive price, we are a chosen nation, a royal priesthood, called by our name before we were in our mother’s womb.
I believe God is looking down at us, and saying… “My Child, you are precious, you are my child, start looking at yourself as I look at Jesus… PERFECT… love yourself, because I love you as you are.”
In John 13:34 Jesus gave us a new commandment, “Love each other just as much as I have loved you.” If we should measure our love for our neighbors on this standard, i think we are failing dismally.
I am not saying you should love yourself as mentioned in 2 Timothy 3:1-2, as boastful, proud, arrogant and abusive. But a love expressed and approved through Jesus, the love described in 1 Corinthians 13, an honest love that is patient, consistently kind, gentle, joyful and without jealousy and pride.
Raise the bar, you are worth it.