It seems that every popular magazine I scan or talk show I listen to says the same thing, “Love yourself, love yourself, love yourself.”
Let’s think about that a minute.
Do you really want to be married someone who loves himself or herself? Do you really want to work with someone who loves himself or herself? Do you really want your child to love himself or herself?
I would dare say, you’d rather be married to someone who loves you and respects himself. You’d rather work with someone who loves the company and your customers and respects himself. You’d rather your child love others and respect himself.
We have been so misguided into believing that we must love ourselves, so the world will love us.
The most popular verse in Scripture has even been twisted to suit this thinking. Matthew didn’t tell us in his original text to love our neighbors AS we love ourselves, but to love our neighbors LIKE we love ourselves because we come into this world loving ourselves.
Paul tells us in Philippians 2, “If you have any encouragement being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not to your own interests, but also to the interest of others.”
I want to encourage you to consider loving others well. To spend your days loving others rather than loving yourself. When we accept Christ’s love for us (which is hard to deny when He gave His life for us), He gives us love overflowing for others.
Our world is starving for love, Christ’s love shown through us.
And I suspect, we’ll become more loveable when we’re loving others than when we’re loving ourselves!
From my heart to yours,