Love Your Neighbor as Yourself Reminds us of the Importance of Self-Care and Self-Love

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Happy Monday Saints. Leviticus 19:18

“LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” Mark 12:31 “LOVE OTHERS AS MUCH AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF.”

Matthew 22:39 “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” The Amplified Bible’s version of Galatians 5:14 says “THE WHOLE LAW CONCERNING HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS IS FULFILLED IN ONE PRECEPT, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’

We all know the importance of loving others. As you can see, it’s repeatedly mentioned throughout the Bible. What very few of us pay attention to is the importance of self-love and self-care. Self-love is very different from being selfish and self-centred. When someone is self-centred they don’t care about other people’s feelings.

They are more concerned about what others can do for them rather than with what they can do for others. Selfish people don’t care about others’ points of view, they have an overly inflated view of themselves, and they are unwilling to change or make adjustments to make relationships work.

They are too self-absorbed to genuinely care for other people. On the other hand, when someone practices self-love and self-care, they know that when they are at peace, in good health, and in a positive state of mind – they can take better care of others. How you take care of yourself will be reflected in the quality of your relationships. People who don’t care about themselves and who don’t attend to their own well-being, aren’t very kind or loving towards others. Nothing will have a greater impact on your relationships than the relationship that you have with yourSELF. Hence the Bible’s exhortation to love others AS MUCH AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF.

Take better care of yourself. Make part of your goals in 2022 to be at peace, be in good health, and have a more positive mindset. Have an awesome week.

God bless and lots’a love, Warren


Pastor Warren Retzlaff