By: Cindy Smith
Mark 12:30-31 (NKJV)
“And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
We can all answer the question “do you love God?” with a resounding YES! What do you say when asked if you love your neighbor? Yes, no, maybe? What do you say when asked if you love yourself? According to Mark 12:31 the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. I read this the other day and then reread it and reread it. I have to love me before I can love my neighbor the way God has commanded me to love them? Wow! I struggle with loving “me.” I have to look past all my flaws (I am hard on myself, but satan likes to come in and make me believe his lies also) and remember that I am:
- Fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
- God’s workmanship (Eph 2:10)
- Valuable (Luke 12:7)
Do you see yourself as all these things and more? We should! He tells us all these things in His Word. We have to remember who we are in Christ. Yes, we will make mistakes; have a bad day, etc. This is why we should be so very thankful for His unfailing love. We have to see ourselves as God does. He doesn’t stop there though…we are to see our neighbor the same way. We can’t truly love our neighbor until we love ourselves and we can’t truly love ourselves until we love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength.
This verse has really made me think about the way I view myself. God does not love me only on my “good” days. He has an unconditional love for me and He wants me to have the same for myself and my neighbor. It all starts with me though…and today I am deciding to try harder to love myself by listening to His truth and not believing the lies.
Father, I ask your forgiveness where I have failed to love You, myself and others the way you have commanded. Open my eyes to see myself the way you created me. Pour Your love into me so it will overflow to others. In Jesus name I pray.