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?
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.