Good Morning Annie,<quoted text>
Good morning Grace!
What do you consider..."loving all people"? How do you go about doing that and how do you show that love to others?
If all those people that you are loving does not feel that love...are they just blind or is there something possibly wrong with the love that you are showing?
Has the phrase "love your neighbor" been said so often that it has become a cliche? Have we come to depend on saying the words "love your neighbor" as a way to replace the action of "love your neighbor".
Just what is it to "love your neighbor".
From a Christians standpoint "loving your neighbor" includes concern for their salvation. I have to ask though...is that love shown by harassing...belittling...denig rating...your neighbor at all costs? Is that what Jesus meant?
Did he want you to use people's family...illnesses...past lives to beat them over the head until they submitted?
Did he instruct to call them every name in the book...wish them beaten, raped and murdered in order to scare them into believing?
Again...I will ask...what does it mean to "love your neighbor".
So much research has been done to figure out the hidden mysteries of the Bible...I can't help but wonder...how much time has been spent on trying to find out just how we are to "love your neighbor".
Personally...I find that first greatest commandment much easier to follow....the second much more difficult.
46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.
These are my favorite passages in the Bible. I have read them so many times trying to incorporate them in to my own set of beliefs. It is difficult.
It is so easy to love those that love you...but it takes all that I have to love those that do not love me in return.
36 Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?
37 Jesus replied:Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it:Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
Have you ever wondered why it reads as it does? Why were the words "as yourself" included?
IMO it is telling us that before you can love your neighbor...you must first love yourself. If you do not...how can you even begin to follow that second greatest commandment? Then and only then can you love them as much.
Do you think...that some Christians will reflect on to others what they hate about themselves?
Verse 39 says...and the second is like it. IMO saying that the 2nd is as the lst...giving it equal importance...as if to say...you can not truly do one without the other.
Does "love" on include being concerned about their salvation...or does it also include kindness...compassion...forgiv eness...
What did Jesus mean when he said..."as yourself"?
Maybe what is wrong...we have a whole world full of people that can not love themselves.
Maybe that is where that saying came from that you have to love yourself before you can love someone else.
Okay..out of room...sorry.:-(
You ask a very important question and as i have said many times before; I admire the way you think. IMHO, Yes, We have to love ourself in order to love others. However, Once I learn to love myself, I should put the concerns of others before my own. Thats not always easy to do. The salvation of others is very important to a Christian but without showing kindness, compassion, sympathy and empathy first; then what evidence of Christ are we showing to someone whose salvation is in question?