We hurt each other. Sometimes intentionally and sometimes unintentionally.
Sometimes we hurt the ones we love the most.
God tells us that we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Maybe that’s the problem sometimes. Do we know how to love ourselves?
Do we love ourselves as we should?
Think of all of the things you have done…
All of the places you have gone…
All of the things you have said that weren’t good for you.
Think of all the things that people eat, drink, consume that aren’t good for them.
Think of all the situations people subject themselves to, fully knowing it’s not good for them.
We put ourselves in unhealthy relationships.
We hurt ourselves for instant gratification.
We subject ourselves to harm physically, emotionally and spiritually…no one else has to do it, we do it to ourselves.
Maybe that’s the problem. We hurt each other and don’t know how to love each other because WE DON’T FULLY KNOW HOW TO LOVE OURSELVES.
We can sometimes replace a healthy love of self with a form of idolatry, where we are arrogant, filled with pride, conceited and narcissistic.
That’s why we have to read God’s word and ask God to teach us to love ourselves the right way.
When you pray, how often do you ask God to teach you to love yourself?
How often do you ask God to help YOU LOVE YOU?
That’s not a selfish prayer because yes, we must LOVE GOD ABOVE ALL, but we can’t LOVE ONE ANOTHER properly, until we learn to LOVE OURSELVES first.
Today, let’s ask God to help us love Him, and OURSELVES as we should.
Matthew 22:37-39 (NKJV)
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[d] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’