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Summary: Self-love, or loving yourself — Did Jesus say you must love yourself first? Many people think the Bible says they must love themselves before they can love others, but that is not what Jesus said. The key to a positive self-image is to understand how Love god first then love others God loves you. What is the Bible? Introduction: Multitudes of people, Christians included, go through life feeling discouraged, depressed, and unlovable. Understandably, they desperately want to escape a negative self-image.
In fact, some people think Jesus said you must love yourself before you can love others. The alternative to loving yourself is not hating yourself. Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. In fact, without realizing it, we are suggesting that to love yourself is the second greatest commandment, for we are saying it comes before the commandment to love others. We are saying that loving ourselves is a precondition to loving other people. Jesus was and is a superb communicator. He did not give us a third commandment. A new command I give you: Love one Love god first then love others.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. Let Love god first then love others illustrate another way you could read into this passage — and be just as wrong: Imagine that I hate myself. After all, I am supposed to love my neighbor the same way I love myself.
Throughout the Bible, it is assumed that we love ourselves. It is part of human nature, part of what it means to be a human being. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church. Ephesians He was not adding a third commandment or a precondition to loving others.
Of course not. That would have nullified his forceful instructions to husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church Ephesians Many of us are disgusted with ourselves or our bodies. Some are even self-destructive. He was talking about the reality that underneath everything else, at the core of our being — even under self-loathing or self-destructive behavior — we want the best for ourselves.
In MarkJesus showed us what he meant by telling a story about a Samaritan man who helped an injured Jewish man. Read the story. When you do, you will see that loving your neighbor means being concerned about other people — seeking the best for them, and helping them in their time of need.
Is it absolutely wrong to feel self-love or to love yourself? Not necessarily. But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy … 2 Timothy When Paul wrote these words, he was writing about selfish, self-centered love —a type of love that is very different from the self-giving love God wants us to have. If loving yourself is not the answer to a negative self-image, feelings of inferiority, or sense of failure, what is?
Is self-hate the opposite of self-love? He demonstrated this love in the most powerful way possible when he sacrificed Jesus on the cross to die for our sins. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace Love god first then love others have been saved. Psalm How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. Should you stop trying to love others until you love yourself or until you feel love for yourself? Why or why not? Doug Britton, Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist, has helped hundreds of thousands of people as a therapist, clinical director of a treatment center, seminar speaker, radio cohost, and author of over twenty books that show how to apply God's truths in your daily life.
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Did Jesus say you must love yourself first? John Do everything in love.
He was simply saying to love other people. Self-love can be dangerous Is it absolutely wrong to feel self-love or to love yourself? People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy … 2 Timothy When Paul wrote these words, he was writing about selfish, self-centered love —a type of love that is very different from the self-giving love God wants us to have.
John But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were Love god first then love others in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved. Personal application 1. Does God want you to hate yourself or feel bad about yourself? Explain your answer. Doug Britton, MFT Doug Britton, Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist, has helped hundreds of thousands of people as a therapist, clinical director of a treatment center, seminar speaker, radio cohost, and author of over twenty books that show how to apply God's truths in your daily life.
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