Sunday is the day I share a little of my soul. Enjoy.
This scripture has been in my mind all week. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, this is the first and great commandment.
“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” [Matthew 22:37–40.]
How can one love their neighbor if they don't love themselves in any way? If the thoughts you speak and the words you say about yourself are horrible, negative and degrading...how can you love others? How can one teach their children to love others with a perfect love? It's a fine line. I'm not saying I'm perfect at loving myself and having charity toward my own shortcomings all the time. I've gotten better at it since a friend brought to my attention that I wasn't being humble by being self-degrading. In fact, it was the worst form of pride. It was literally tearing down one of God's crowning achievements when I spoke ill of myself. I am not only his creation, but also His Daughter. When I speak ill of myself, I speak ill of the one who made me. That's not cool. Humility is not self hate. It's acknowledging total reliance on God for all that you have and are. As for loving my neighbor...
Why does it I seem that I have an easier time forgiving the weakness and shortcomings of others than I do my own. The Lord included "thyself" in that second great commandment. Thou shalt love thy neighbor...as thyself. Think on that. I will as well. Charity for myself as well as my brothers and sisters. My great joy this week is, that despite how perfectly imperfect I know I am, the Lord loves me anyway. That gives me the will to have charity for the imperfections and weaknesses in myself. It gives me the will to walk forward and take a new step in my life. It gives me the will to say, " I will try harder this week." That's all I think the Lord asks. This week... I'm loving myself a little more. Not in an egocentric weird way...but as a daughter of a King recognizing her place in His kingdom. How can I fail knowing that I am His? I cannot. How can I fail to love my brothers and sisters knowing who they really are? I cannot.
There it is. What are your thoughts on loving thy neighbor as thyself?
A friend shared this song with me...and it fit perfectly with today.