May 2018 be the year of falling in love with God! In the last three weeks, we reflected on Real Love (Rom 12:9-21), Love is the Greatest (1 Cor 13:1-13) and The Evidence You Love God is that you trust Him (John 14:1, 15). Today we consider that we can only truly love our neighbor when we love ourselves.
Why do we have to love ourselves before we can love our neighbor? How do you reconcile Jesus' words "deny yourself" and "love (your neighbor as) yourself"?
What is love? “Love is not an action, it is not a desire or a feeling. Love is not an emotion or intention…Desire and feelings fall into the domain of impulse, not that of choice. They aim at their satisfaction, not at what is better and possibly best. Choice considers alternatives and weighs what is best. If its vision is broad enough, it will find what is good and right. If it is surrendered to God, united with his will, it will be able to do what is best. That of course is the nature of love. It seeks what is best.” Dallas Willard.