Yesterday we talked about “love your neighbor.”
Today I want to share some thoughts about the second part of the commandment: “…as yourself.”
Have you ever thought about this?
Do I really love myself??
It seems to me that there are two directions, two ends of the spectrum if you will, that one can go on this “loving yourself” idea.
One, you can love yourself too much – overinflated ego.
Or, you can love yourself too little – deflated ego.
Isn’t it interesting how often Satan works in the extremes?
So, if I’m supposed to love my neighbor as myself – how am I supposed to love myself properly?
We all know that PRIDE is sin. It was at the root of Satan’s rebellion, and it was the reason for the The Fall.
It isn’t difficult to pick out the narcissist in a crowd. Self-focus, self-promotion, self-appeasement – all obnoxious, right? We do not want to be the person with a head too big to fit into a room!
Unfortunately, sometimes we swing too far in the other direction.
Haven’t you been around someone who constantly puts themselves down? Who NEVER has a good thing to say? The “woe is me” thing gets kinda tiring, doesn’t it? And it’s still “self”-focus, isn’t it?
Sometimes we can fall into a “martyr” mentality. We think of ourselves as nothing. Terrified of being “selfish,” we neglect to be “self-caring.” And that often leads to overtired, defeated, ineffective Christians.
So, what to do?
What’s the Bible have to say?
In Romans 12:3, we are urged to: “Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves…”
In 1 Corinthians 1:31, we are admonished: “If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.”
OK – Lord, how do YOU look at me?
1. I was made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27)
2. I was planned (Psalm 139)
3. I am valuable to God (Matthew 10:29-30)
4. I was worth dying for (John 3:16)
5. I am God’s child (John 1:12)
6. I bring delight to God (Zephaniah 3:17)
7. I will live with God forever (John 14:2-3)
That’s good stuff!
So, learn to love yourself as God does – with an honest evaluation (I am a saved sinner), and a humble heart (I am nothing apart from Him).
“The key to an honest and accurate self-evaluation is knowing the basis of our self-worth – our identity in Christ.”
(From the Life Application Study Bible, NLT, c. Tyndale Publishers, 2004)
Don’t miss your true value in God’s eyes!
Do you love yourself?
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