Loving Others

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

  • Leviticus 19:18
  • Matthew 19:19
  • Matthew 22:39
  • Mark 12:31
  • Luke 10:27
  • Romans 13:9
  • Galatians 5:14
  • James 2:8

What do all these verses have in common?  They each have the phrase “you shall love your neighbor as yourself,” within them.  What does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself?  I suppose to answer that, you need to ask yourself how do you love yourself?  Well, do you love yourself in the romantic ushy-gushy type of way?  No, and you are not expected or required to love everyone, or even anyone, in that way.  But we are still required to love our neighbors.  So what does that mean?  How do we love ourselves on a daily basis?  Well we desire the best in everything.  We want to come out on top, and sometimes we desire this no matter what the cost.  We want our opinions to be heard.  We want people to like and accept us.  So flip that around.  Give the best, instead of taking the best.  Help others succeed.  Listen to others.  And love and accept others.

Now, I’m not saying that this is the easiest thing to do.  It’s not.  Human nature wars against such ideas, so in turn we must constantly be fighting our human nature.  Neither am I saying that I have mastered this.  I only started this study today, and wish to share it.  Love will only be perfected when we reach perfection.

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