One of the trademarks of following Jesus Christ and coming under His influence is that things change. Inner transformation involves recognizing that we are not really as in control of life as we might want to believe. Allowing God to help us surrender our false pride and allowing Him to be in control, directing our life, is key.
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Monday, July 22, 2019
Jesus has provided us with a simple guide for a daily review of our lives. We ask ourselves, “Today, did my actions reflect what the two greatest commandments call me to? Did I truly love God and also love others as much as I love myself?” Loving others includes loving one’s self. “Maybe before I can love my neighbor very effectively, I have to love me, not in the sense of a blind passion, but in the sense of looking after, of wishing well, of forgiving when necessary, of being my own friend.” (Frederick Buechner, Whistling in the Dark) How does having a high regard for yourself help in loving others?