In some years back there was started this phrase, “You must love yourself before you can love others”, or something along that line of thought. They based that on Jesus’s words, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself”.
“Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Matthew 19:19
“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Matthew 22:39
“And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31
After a lesson the Lord gave me today I can see where that concept of “Loving ourselves to love others” could come from; but I still have a problem just leaving it with loving ourselves.
Look at what Jesus said, first, though not printed above, but in the Biblical context we see Jesus saying to love God, then to love our neighbor, or others, as ourselves.
After someone spieled out hateful speech in a continual, rude, even very crude manner today, I asked, “Why do you hate yourself so much?” As I asked the question I thought of Jesus’s words.
We must also remember the words Jesus spoke, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” That is where the Lord spoke to me through the speech of this individual.
Does a person desire to be treated the way we too often treat others? If we do it must be a sure sign of self hatred. Remember the principles of sowing and reaping (Galatians 6:7).
Genuine love starts with loving God with all your hear, all your soul, all your mind, and with all your strength; then, loving God you can and will love others too, thus rewarding yourself.
Just a thought from this morning.