Friday, July 31, 2009

What do we do to love ourselves?

My niece asked this question on Facebook.
What do we do to love ourselves?

Love yourself as you love your neighbor. I would think that when Jesus said "Love your neighbor as yourself", that we innately would love ourselves. Thus we can use ourselves as a guide on how we love others. Aside from abnormal behavioral reasons that some people mistreat themselves, most people are doing what they can for their own preservation, safety, self-interest, etc. Paul in Philippians says "regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others," implying that it is in our nature to look out for ourselves first. What we do to love ourselves must be learned. How we see others modeling how they treat and value themselves and others develops our identity and self value from birth. How do we learn about love?

The Bible says God is Love. Love is sacrificial. If God loved us and sacrificed himself for us, does God still love himself? But He IS Love. Does Love love Love? I say yes. There is no greater role model for us than God. While God Put himself aside and thought of us, a way to rescue humanity, HE DID THIS SO THAT WE COULD HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.

If we love ourselves, we will love others as God loves them and we will embrace the love of others shown toward us.

Something to think about

1 comment:

  1. Love, love, love it. Great insights and help for understanding and a reminder to be patient with others.