SECOND THINGS SECOND
Mark 12:29-31 (KJV)
29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor
The two commandments that Jesus said are the most important is (1) loving God and (2) loving others. However, if you look deep within Verse 31, you will find a third person that you are to love yourself. This is where we often miss the mark all together. as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Let’s read some other translations of this verse to better define what Jesus is telling us to do.
(MSG) And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’…
(NLT) The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
no other commandment is greater than these.”
Jesus said loving others as yourself is equally as important as loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. He said no other commandment is greater.
(ERV) The second most important command is this: ‘Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself. These two commands are the most important.”
We cannot effectively love others like Christ commands us to unless we effectively love ourselves. According to God’s Word, for me to effectively love you, I must first effectively love me. Think about this for a moment: He tells us to love others in the same way we love ourselves. If you are not happy with you then you will not be happy with others. In order for God’s love to reach others through us, it must first reach us. You are doing people an injustice by not loving yourself.
“You can tell a lot about a persons relationship with God by how they treat people.”
1 John 4:19 (KJV)
We love him, because he first loved us.
We must understand His love for us. It is through that understanding that we love Him. It is also through that understanding that we love others. Once this is in tact then everything begins to work together, but if one is off, then we begin to have issues. Our issues with us will also become our issues with others. It’s often been said, “Hurting people hurt people.” Our relationship problems with others stem from a relationship problem with ourselves. People who attack others verbally and are easily offended usually have a low self-esteem.
“The problem with most marriages is that that you have two people trying to love one another who don’t love themselves.” –Kenneth W. Hagin, Jr.
Most relationships experience trials because one person is trying to force the other to become something that they have not yet become themselves. The greatest thing that you can do in your relationships is TAKEOVER your love for yourself. If you do not know who you are in Christ then you will never know who you are to be in a relationship.You cannot be the spouse, child, friend, employee or employer that you need to be unless you know who you are in Christ. Many people are playing the wrong roll in their relationship to others.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY?
No matter what people may say about you, what do you say about you? Jesus said in Mark 11:23 that you have what you say. What are you saying about yourself?
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” –Henry Ford
Perspective is everything. Let’s look at a few scriptures to see what God has to say about us. We should be saying the same things and thinking the same thoughts about ourselves that He does about us.
2 Corinthians 5:17
(KJV) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
(NLT) This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
(ERV) When anyone is in Christ, it is a whole new world. The old things are gone; suddenly, everything is new!
Even if we don’t like who we are, we see in God’s Word that once we become in Christ, who we once were is dead and gone, and we have a fresh new start.
Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
In our eyes sometimes we can’t do anything right. In our eyes everything that we touch messes up. But in God’s eyes we are a new creation, created in Christ Jesus, able to do everything through Christ.That takes the pressure off of us as we rely on Christ.
Romans 8:37 (NIV)
…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
(NIV) For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
(NLT) For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
(ERV) God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us new people so that we would spend our lives doing the good things he had already planned for us to do.
2 Corinthians 2:14
(KJV) Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
(MSG) …in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade.
(AMP) But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere, There is scripture after scripture after scripture about what God thinks about us. But there is excuse after excuse after excuse of what we think about us.
Why is it that we are our worst critics? Depression and low self-esteem are an attack of the enemy. Jesus said, “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength…” but if you don’t feel worthy then you won’t do it, resulting in you violating the first and greatest commandment.Then, if you cannot effectively love Him, how can you have anything to love yourself with, much less others? Satan can knock you out of the game by the way you view yourself. There are so many people in this world that need to be loved but can’t be until we are loved.
We have to receive in order to distribute. If we cannot receive love then how can we give love? If God’s love is good enough for others, it’s good enough for you. If we can TAKOVER in the area of loving ourselves, we can then be used by God to TAKEOVER by loving others.