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
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
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
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.
Background image by
~ Silver and Gold and Thee ~