Mathew 22:39 –
And the second is like, unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
The natural assumption where humans are concerned is that we are supposed to be self-preserving creatures. We look out for ourselves, for our interests, and love ourselves. However, with the rise in self-destructive behaviors among the youths, suicide, and depressions across all ages, one can conclude that we as humans increasingly look to injure, hurt, and belittle ourselves and value.
The other extreme of the self-love spectrum is narcissism. A state where self-love has been twisted into living life only for one’s self. A prideful lifestyle where a person is obsessed with themselves and loving self is now at the expense of others.
Jesus tells us in the verse above to love others as we love ourselves. We have been designed to love ourselves in a pure and natural way. We have been made to see the infinite value that lies within us. This value can be seen when we think of the vastness of the multiverses, and the marvelous work of salvation that Jesus did on the cross. When we are able to naturally love ourselves, we are then able to understand and practice Jesus’ directive in Mathew 22:39.
By Sandra C. Bamisile