A Word From The Pastor: Dr. Timothy Nelson

 

 

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.” (Luke 10:27).


This is one of the most quoted statements in the Bible. It can be found in numerous places throughout scripture, and it is referenced frequently.

But, do we really know what it actually means to love our neighbors as ourselves? And, could it be, that we actually love some of our neighbors differently than we love ourselves?

What is love for your neighbor supposed to be like? If you answered “my love for myself,” you’re right! So what does the Bible mean when it says to love ourselves? Consider the context. Jesus is teaching the people and has once again silenced some of the religious leaders–this time.

Jesus uses that commandment as the basis for the next command, to love our neighbors as ourselves. It’s here that the Lord makes His assumption: If we love God with all of our heart, soul and mind, then it naturally follows that we already love ourselves because then we see ourselves the way God sees us. The next logical step is that we see everyone around us the way God sees them and love them the same way.

 


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