Thursday, February 27
And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The reason why many people have difficulty properly loving others is that they don’t properly love themselves. Today’s scripture reference has been widely misunderstood for a long time. It’s easy to read it on a surface level and take it as meaning that you need to make sure that you’re as good or better to everyone else as you are yourself. This gets even further misconstrued into a false humility logic that says, “Whatever good I would do for me, if I don’t do that for someone else I’m guilty of sin.” While the first part is true in sense, what today’s scripture is truly implying is that if you don’t if you learn how to properly love yourself, the insecurity and envy that develops will keep you from being any good to the Kingdom whatsoever. Until you grasp the revelation of how much you’re valued and loved by God and apply that to your life, you will constantly look at others as competitors for God’s love and blessings. You’ll become angry and jealous when you see someone else who is receiving from His goodness. You’ll be afraid to be kind and generous because you doubt whether or not you’ll ever receive that same kind of love back. The first and most important thing you can do as a believer is to love God with every bit of strength you can muster. The second is to let Him do the same back to you. The third is to become so confident in that love that you want others to experience it the same way that you have. The boldness and confidence that you’ll begin to walk in will propel you to do good to those around you as often as you have the opportunity to. Take a serious look at how well you express love to others. What you find will reveal to you how well you love yourself. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff