“If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.” James 2:8, ESV
In nine separate passages of Scripture, we find the command to love others as we love ourselves. In speaking to Moses, God gives specific commands to the children of Israel in Leviticus 19:18,34. In Matthew’s account of the Gospel, Jesus gives the same command when asked by someone how they might have eternal life in Matthew 19:19. His response doesn’t change when being tempted by a lawyer who was a Pharisee as Jesus was asked, ‘which is the great commandment in the law’ (see Matthew 22:35-40; Luke 10:27). In Paul’s letters to all in Rome, he echoed God’s command to love your neighbor as you love yourself (see Romans 13:9); “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”, Paul writes in Galatians 5:14. And James shares the same conviction in James 2:8. We find that in both the Old and New Testament, God’s heart does not change in this important matter. He commands us to love others as we love ourselves.
How are you loving you? Are you patient with yourself? Merciful toward yourself? Do you encourage yourself? How you treat yourself is how you will treat others. This is why God desires you to receive His love, His mercy, and His grace constantly. The same that you receive, is the same you will give away.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for speaking directly to my heart. Teach me how to love like Jesus. I can’t love anyone unless I first receive Your love for myself. I receive Your love, your mercy, and your grace. Fill me up with You God and pour Yourself out of me into a world that is desperate for real love. In Jesus’ name.