Love your neighbor as yourself

872neighborhoodIn Matthew 22 Jesus says

37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment.39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’     NIV

37 Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’38 This is the most important, the first on any list.39 But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’     MSG

37  Y El le dijo: Amaras al SeÑor tu Dios con todo tu corazon , y con toda tu alma , y con toda tu mente .38  Este es el grande y el primer mandamiento.39  Y el segundo es semejante a éste: Amaras a tu projimo como a ti mismo .     LBLA (just in case…it’s a big world)

37 Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’      NKJV

37  Jesus answered:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. 38 This is the first and most important commandment. 39 The second most important commandment is like this one. And it is, “Love others as much as you love yourself.”      CEV

000000;">Here is the part I need help with…how do you love yourself? What does that mean? If that is the way we are to love others then it’s kind of important, right?

000000;">Who is my neighbor…the one next door…or across the street? What if his dog poops in my yard?

000000;">click the word comments below and help me answer these questions…

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  • Susan Johnson

    very thought provoking Eddie..I've gotta think on all this..would love to hear more!

  • chadspear

    I normally don't like the MSG translation/version…however, I like it in this sense. If we say love your neighbor as well as you love yourself….or love them as much as you love yourself…it really comes down to how much do we love ourselves. If we allow ourselves to be trapped in guilt, shame, hate, anger there is no way we love ourselves. The things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.(Matt. 15:18)….if we don't love ourselves first, then our heart is not right…if our heart is not right, how can we love others even a fraction of how much God loves us and we're to love others??

  • ebroussard

    Thanks Susan…let's see what gets posted here…

  • ebroussard

    Great point Chad. One I had hoped would be made…we really need to realize how we love/not love ourselves.

  • dodddrake

    Is it not interesting that Jesus does not give us a list of what this looks like?
    Personally I think He shows us what it looks like as we walk with him day to day, and He enables us to “see” needs around us and respond.

    I am not meaning to cut short practical examples, but just wanted to say it will look different for different people, according to their gifts and passions and circumstances and how the Spirit leads….


  • Ben McDaniel

    Hey everyone…

    Since i missed wednesday morning I feel like this may have already been said but its worth writing again… i am with Chad that we have to figure out what it means to “love ourselves”.

    I have tried to do this before but the problem is that I am a broken person… so when I try to love myself I end up messing everything up, I love myself in broken and unhealthy ways that lead to destruction…

    Bob Lee and I were talking about how the only way we can “really” love ourselves is by accepting Jesus' love for us. When we look at ourselves through the lens of Christ we find that we are cherished, valuable, forgiven, desired, accepted, and embraced (LOVED). I think thats the only way we can start to love ourselves in a healthy way…

    if we just try to go out and love ourselves we become self-centered and self-implosive. We would just be trying to control more… but when we sit back and allow ourselves to soak in our value in Christ we get a more perfect picture of what it means to love… We find out we are worthy of love only in the context of our relationship with God.

    i think Bob, Eddie, and chad are right… we can't skip over this to get to loving people or God… All of that is a response….

    “We love because he first loved us.”
    1 John 4:19

  • Susan

    Great points posted here Eddie..I really struggle with the “love thyself” but for me I know that God knows my heart and when there are times that I don't love myself for whatever reason..God is my helper and will show His love through me if I will ask Him. A quote I keep is ” the closer you are to God, the more you'll have a heart for others.” and this morning, I picked up an old issue of “Our Daily Bread” and went for October says..You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. James 4:14 So..God has given me life today and what awesome adventure does He have planned for me? Who are in those plans? He will be my helper in any circumstance.

  • ebroussard

    time with Him give us His eyes and heart…I like

  • ebroussard

    Well said!

  • paulholderman

    Howdy Eddie, I like your blog, thanks for setting it up.

    May I stretch some thoughts on this one? Not nessecarily stretching the Word but since I saw this on facebook I have done chewing on it and it led me beyond the typical answers I had.

    How did Jesus love himself? Asking myself this has sort helped me see this differently.He counted himself nothing for the sake of the Gospel and our Salvation, right?
    Ok so, look at Mark 8:34
    “And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”
    So how should we view ourselves? Well we know Paul addressed this in Philippians 2:3-5:
    “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind 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. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus”

    Here is the kicker: Christ denied Himself of everything and thought of His “neighbor” more important than Himself so much so, that He allowed to be sacrificed, knowing it would please His Father who was His true Identity – He wantedHis identity to be known as His Father's. This is confirmed in John 14:9 where Phillip asked for Jesus to show them the Father.
    “Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, 'Show us the Father'?”

    Ok I know the references can be tedious to read but allow me a little more thought.
    Our true selves or our Identity is found only in Christ. To love yourself, in the truest form, is to deny who you are and to love the Father, so as to taking His Identity as our own.
    So who is “yourself”
    Check this out what Paul wrote in Galatians 2:20
    “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

    Amazing. One more step further and I really have been pouring on this one.

    Colossians 3:2-4
    “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”

    For a moment, don't think of this as the future. Think of how this applies to your everyday walk. When Christ is revealed in your walk, your true self is also revealed, with Him in glory.

    Loving myself just took a whole new meaning for me. Thanks for the discussion.

  • ebroussard

    Paul…Thank YOU for the discussion!

  • Ozzy Levi Cocarelli

    Very good questions, Eddie. Here is my humble contribution:

    My neighbor is the one next door, the one across the street, the one whose dog poops in my yard, the one who does not have a dog. He or she is the one who is black, the one who is white, brown, yellow, or red. He or she is the one who I like, who I don’t like, the one who loves me or the one who hates me. My neighbor is the one who is a Republican, the one who is a Democrat, the one who is in favor of the health care reform, and the one who is against. My neighbor is the one who does go to church, and the one who hates it.

    However, here is the truth about me on all of this: I have no problem in honestly identifying my neighbor (you can see that on the paragraph above). My real problem is loving him or her. Boy, that is the real challenge! For years the verse of scripture that has challenged me more than any other is I John 3:18, “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”

  • ebroussard

    Ozzy…me too! I love with my mouth not with my hands and feet.

  • ebroussard

    Ozzy…me too! I love with my mouth not with my hands and feet.