Here’s something I have gotten a few other Christians upset with me about…. I thought I’d throw it out here and see what people think……
It starts with a Scripture where Jesus is asked which is the most important commandment and Christ answered….
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
I believe to love your neighbor as yourself is only powerful if the assumption is that you love yourself.
Then it gets more impactful (in my humble call) when you consider Christ also said “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15: 12
If I to love my neighbor as myself and love as Christ loves me, then should I love myself as Christ loves me? I think so.
And that is when some get bent out of shape. Somehow, we got the impression that we must despise ourselves to be holy.
Now, I agree if you think I’m saying we are self-centered, happy in our sin, our own god type love. We are not called to that at all. Actually we are called to humble ourselves (grieve, mourn) before the Lord but then HE will lift us up! James 4
Once we have submitted ourselves and He lifts us up, then I believe we are to love ourselves like Christ loves us. It is an honest, humble, powerful, over powering love through His eyes. Just some basic rambling…… thoughts?