Thursday, December 8, 2011

Love your neighbour

Here's something I just want to place this thought in your minds and perhaps have you place in return your thoughts on here.

What I want to mention and plant is this verse, that's been on my mind today.

Matthew 22:37-40 (ESV)

37 And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

"You shall love your neighbour as yourself."

I'm not going to say I think everyone should be self-centered jerks. There's a lot to be said for self-sacrifice and putting others before yourself. That's completely okay.

This is my thought, though, and I've heard this said somewhere and can't remember where.

If it says to love your neighbor as yourself, doesn't that mean that we are to love ourselves? That we are to respect and value that we are creatures of worth and beauty? Why then is it so hard to do things that are in care of yourself? Everything doesn't need to be about you, but, even taking time for mediation on our Savior is something for ourself in a sense.

Either way, my thoughts are if you can't love you, can you love others correctly?

Again, I think this can be taken to two extremes, especially in people of faith, but, I am curious as to your thoughts.



  1. that's deep--"if you can't love you...can you love others correctly?" I like it! love,

  2. I think it's extremely important to love oneself in order to love others. Otherwise, it's easy to sacrifice oneself to the point of harm, or to "forgive" a loved one who hurts others, instead of correcting them or stopping them. It's like how airplane staff tell you to always put on your own oxygen mask before helping another - without enough self-care, both of you go down together.

    ot: I also wanted to thank you for commenting in support of Jessica. Even the little things get noticed more often than we expect. ~ ;>


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