“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”Luke 10:27
We can sometimes glaze over that verse and say, “Yes, I love the Lord.” However, sometimes we only love with a part of who we are. We find ourselves compartmentalizing God, just like we see in society, meaning you can profess God in the church but don’t dare speak about God in the school, at work, or in a public setting.
To love our neighbors as ourselves is dependent on the value we see in ourselves, our self-esteem, and how secure we are with who we are on the inside. How can a person who bottles-up contempt, bitterness, and prejudice on the inside love themselves much less love others? The answer: They cannot.
This verse, spoken by Jesus, comprises the two greatest commandments, and the formula, so to speak, is to focus on loving the Lord our God with the totality of who we are, the essence of our entire being. When we do so to the very best of our ability with the unsurpassed help of the Holy Spirit, loving our neighbor as ourselves becomes a natural byproduct of our love for God.
Therefore, let us set out each day to love God with our entire being– our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and in so doing, love our neighbor as ourselves.
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