“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:36-39
We use the word as so often that we forget what it actually means. Used in this context, let’s take a look at Webster’s definition of as: to the same degree or amount
The truth in this passage is so simple that it is easy to overlook. We must love ourself before we can truly love anyone else. We can only give away something that we already possess.
It’s time for you and I to stop thinking that loving ourselves is wrong or selfish when it is actually biblical. So here are a few ways that we can begin to love ourselves:
- Stop talking about yourself in ways that you would never allow someone to talk about your children…. We are the children of God and he doesn’t like hearing it no more than you would like hearing someone call your child names.
- Make taking care of yourself a priority. If you’re like me and have empty-nested, you know that you’ve always made sure that your children were well cared for. And if you are in the middle of raising your family then you know just how much effort you put into making sure that the needs of your children are met. It’s time to do that for you! You are a child of God and he wants the best for you.
- Take time to enjoy the day. Find something that you enjoy doing and do it! Now I know that you probably don’t have hours to commit to a project but you can schedule a little bit of time to work on that craft you started, read a few pages in the book that you have laying on your nightstand, or take a walk and breath in some fresh air.
Learn to love yourself without guilt and you’ll be able to love others with joy.