Do you love ‘you’

Matthew 22:37-40 reads:Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Most of us have heard these words before, and we usually summarize it as ‘love God, love others.’ It’s howwe love others, however, that we often miss.
The Message words it this way: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ This calls for some serious self-reflection. In what areas do you truly love yourself, and are there areas that are somewhat undesirable? Here’s a great quote from well-known author, Norman Vincent Peale:

“It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship.”

Simply put, we cannot be any more pleasant or caring to others than we can be to ourselves. Limiting our potential…potentially limits how much God will use us.
This week, may you truly love and believe in yourself so you can be the love of God to your neighbor.

 

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