Matthew 22:39. “And the second (commandment) is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
I happily announced, “Happy Valentines Day,” to the woman helping me select a new pair of eyeglass frames the day before Valentines Day.
To which she replied, “Uh, yeah.” As if to say, “Whatever,” although I imagine she was too professional to be that casual with a customer. I commented about having a sweetie and she returned with a half-smile and something to the effect of ‘good for you.’ Awkwardness commenced but we continued comparing the merits of new frames nonetheless.
Okay. I realize a tender loving relationship between two people even among Christians is not the norm. But, why isn’t it?
Maybe we don’t view others through Christ’s lens? We’re more concerned with self than service? We don’t really love self so we can’t love another? So, why don’t we love ourselves?
If God loved you and me enough to send His Son to die for us so that we might experience eternity with Him, why not show love to ourselves? Why not, indeed. This verse seems to assume we do just that. Evidently, we must before we are able to effectively demonstrate it to others.
So right now, how will you love self as you love those neighbors? After all, it’s not just an impressive idea, inviting suggestion, enthralling thought, intriguing opinion or interesting viewpoint. God commands it.
Loving Self and Serving Others God’s Way, PJ