I always hear people say “love your neighbor as yourself.” But, think about it. What if someone doesn’t love themselves very much or at all. They wouldn’t be able to love all that well. Because it’s in the scriptures and Jesus actually said these words, it’s used to describe how we should love, but I challenge you to stop and think about what this actually means. Do you know someone that doesn’t love themselves very much and therefore, doesn’t love that well?
When Jesus said this He was answering the question “what is the greatest commandment in the Law?” And Jesus answered THAT question, according to the law.
BUT, Jesus had a last meal with His disciples and followers to give them one last teaching on numerous topics before being crucified. You can read it in John 13-17. During this time He left us a new commandment; that we love one another just as He has loved us.
Now doesn’t that seem the best way to love? Better than someone loving as they love themselves. It’s steadfast, stable, consistent, and healthy. I know it may seem impossible, but that’s if you look at it from attempting it on your own. The best part in loving like this is that it’s not us, but Jesus who makes it possible. Jesus, in us, enables us to love this way.
Jesus’ covenant; the better covenant, enacted in better promises.