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Loving ourselves...part III

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When God calls us to Love our neighbors as ourselves, he's not telling us to love ourselves, he's calling us to care for our neighbors in the way we already care for ourselves. Self-care is the standard by which we are to measure and base our care of others.

He is telling us to simply do for others what we desire they do for us in the way we automatically and naturally do it for ourselves.

However, we have a problem. This is totally impossible to do by ourselves. Our commitment to self-care is too great--so is our need for infinite love. 

Which is exactly why he appeals to this as our standard. He wants our care of others to be equally as great. 

The solution?

It is only when we know we are perfectly cared for, loved by God, that we are enabled, freed to love others, not until then. 

But how can we know whether God Loves us that much? In Christ and his work, we have total proof of God's love. In and through Christ, God completely took care of both our alienation and need for infinite love from him. He did all of this for us because of his care/love.

However, we have another problem. Do we believe this is true? Do we believe that God loves us *this much? 

God says he does and did everything necessary to prove it. Is he lying? It is for us to believe he is not. This is his call and also our greatest struggle, to believe.

For more comments on loving ourselves click here and here. 


* do we believe in his love enough that it transforms and frees us to love others in the same way he loves us?

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Loving ourselves...part III


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