“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God” 1 John 4:7.
Self-love can be dangerous. It is at the heart of selfishness. Those in the world will do what is right by themselves at the cost of everyone around them and disguise it as ‘relative truth.’ Because they are true to the standard they have set up for themselves, they believe themselves good and loving people. Knowing this, Christians seek so much to love God and others that they may not love themselves. Our relationship with God is planted when we realize God’s love for us in Jesus dying in our place on the cross. It is fed, watered, and tended with study, prayer, and service to those around us and then blooms into an imitation of Christ. This is not a self-centered love but a God-centered love that emanates into every aspect of our lives and is the lens through which we interact in this world. This is how we love one another as Christ loved us. This is how we are truly born of God and know God. Love for one another is not fodder for a checklist. Looking outside of ourselves isn’t just for our spare time or only after our own needs are met.
How do you love?
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