The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Romans 13:9 NIV
Apostle and Christ Himself teach that if love is not evident in a person, that person has nothing to do with God. This should leave the Christian seeking with an urgency to be filled to overflowing with love of God. We would do this with our hearts desperate need to be tied to our Lord. All the commandments that have to do with how we walk amongst our fellow men, resound with glorious confirmation. We are here not to shun, hate or selfishly look after ourselves and our own. We are here on earth to demonstrate the love of God to His creation! Is that what we do?
A neat twist of words would remove the heavy obligation off our shoulders. We could say that the command to love as we love ourselves does not mean that we consider others before self. We could try to say it means that we simply need to love as much as we love ourselves. But the devious trick does not work. We cannot hide that we love ourselves. Shall we pray that God can come into our hearts? Shall we ask that our love for others grows until it rivals and perhaps even overshadows our secret love for self?
May all know we belong to You due to the amount of Your love that pours into us and carries us ever closer to all that´s Yours we pray!