Love Your Neighbour As Yourself

I have been pondering a thought about ‘loving one’s neighbour as one’s self’.

Jesus said that if the Supreme Authoritative Deity is our own, we hold to Him, then He would be so much to us; completeness; our whole heart, soul and mind. He said that subsequent to that, we would in a similar manner view others as we do ourselves.

My thought is this:

Do we usually presume to have a similar whole, complete fondness for ourselves and are therefore being forced to feel the same way toward those within our spheres…

…or is it just a fact that we will ‘love’ others as we love ourselves (or not love ourselves, as the case may be)?

Is it a natural progression that if I am ashamed of myself, I will subsequently shame others?

If I loathe myself, I will subsequently loathe others?

If I hate myself, I will subsequently hate others?

If I don’t forgive myself, I will subsequently be unforgiving toward others?

If I pass judgement on myself, I will subsequently be judgemental of others?

Etcetera.

Further to this:

If my relationship to the Supreme Authoritative Deity of merciful justice, loving compassion and sacrificial provision is not one of love in wholeness, will my relationship with others be likewise – without love in wholeness?

I will endeavour to love my Designer, Creator and Restorer as He loves me. I will likewise endeavour to love myself as He loves me. I believe I will more naturally love you, similarly, as a result.

Please accept this as my love commitment to us.

Travel Observation

Well, been a little absent for a while but have had much time and opportunity to ponder. Here’s to teenage children who arrange themselves a trip to school overseas…and provide an opportunity for the mother as well!!

Been thinking about forgiveness, trust and respect.

A lot is said of forgiveness being something we do for ourselves, something we offer another (even if they don’t accept it, or deserve it), a gift rather than an entitlement. I’ve heard a lot more said of trust and respect being earned. I guess, in a sense that is true…someone is more likely to trust you if you have behaved in a trustworthy manner. But I think the three are gifts offered, not earned.

We may well respect someone who acts with integrity, and may actively find ways to demonstrate that respect. But respecting someone is a choice we make, and we may choose not to respect someone though their character and actions are deemed worthy of respect.

Likewise, trust is something we choose (or not) to offer another. Some will trust another without evidence of trustworthiness, or even in spite of evidence to the contrary.

Trust, respect and forgiveness are not things you or I are entitled to.

Trust, respect and forgiveness are gifts you or I offer another.

If you or I are trusted, respected and/or forgiven…we are the privileged receivers of some of the most generous and gracious of gifts. Endeavour to receive them gratefully and graciously; endeavour never to demand them.