To love yourself is not being selfish, if you…
Love others also
Matthew 22:39 A second one, similar to it is [Leviticus 19:18], ‘You must love your neighbor the same way that you love yourself.’ (AUV)
Ironically, most do not see the primary message in the picture, “love yourself“. Many people in positions of authority have no problem with the concept of “self-love“. This was especially true of the Pharisees and Sadducees (religious leaders). For one thing, they were attention seekers. Always desiring the best seats and respectful greetings in public (Luke 11:43). Not only this, but they often tested Jesus, trying to trap Him (Luke 11:53-54). Yes, these people were perfect examples of self-love in a bad way (selfish).
Note: Paul and James, like Jesus, also quoted Leviticus 19:18: Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:14, and James 2:8.
Self-love in a good way
But, this lessons focus is love-of-self in a good way (unselfish). Briefly, self-love meaning, take care of yourself!
If you know how to love you, then you can love others. Now that I am a senior citizen, I realize the need to love and take care of me. That is why I stress the need for self-love.
Take care of yourself
I urge you to take good care of yourself. Yes, it is true, the Lord will take care of you. You also have a role to play in your care.
Note: When Jesus said you must forget about (deny) yourself, He is not saying you should not love yourself. [See Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34, and Luke 9:23]
Love the physical you
Love the Spiritual you
1 Corinthians 6:18-19 So run away from sexual sin. It involves the body in a way that no other sin does. So if you commit sexual sin, you are sinning against your own body. 19 You should know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit that you received from God and that lives in you. You don’t own yourselves. (ERV)
The mirror therapy
So many have a poor self-image. Do you not love or like something about you? For instance, you may not like your shape or a certain part of your body.
You are a Christian brother/sister
1 John 4:20-21 If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? 21 And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters. (NLT)
Please remember, you are a Christian brother or sister. So, each time you look into a mirror, love that Christian brother/sister that you see. In conclusion, obey God and love others as you love yourself. Most importantly, you must love and take care of yourself!
Be blessed my friends and have a wonderful day—♥ Tim.
Related Bible studies:
♥ Question for today: Have you learned to love yourself?
See what is available on the Sound Truth Ministry website.
- Note: the key verse(s) are enclosed in parenthesis.
Matthew 22:34-40 [(39); compare Matthew 19:16-22 (19); Mark 12:28-34 (31 and 33); Luke 10:25-28 (27)]; John 13:31-35 [(34); compare John 15:9-17 (12 and 17)]; Luke 11:37-54 (41-43 and 53-54);
1 Corinthians 6:12-20 (18-19); 1 John 4:20-21
(ERV) Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation Center, Inc. and used by permission. || Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.