Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

Others-Focused

Love

“You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”

Mark 12:31

A Call to Self-Love?

Jesus tells us to love others as we love ourselves. This is often interpreted as "you cannot love others before you love yourself first..." However, though I too know what it is to have a poor self image, there is something that troubles me deep within, regarding this statement. Our primary love is to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength; this is loving Him with your understanding, feelings, desires, way of thinking, ability, strength, and might. I was once told by someone close to me, to keep balance in my faith , but this does not speak of balance! Secondly, as we love God with every microscopic cell of our bodies, and the faintest breath of our souls and spirits, we are to love others as we love ourselves. Jesus actually says that the command to love others is 'like' the command to love God; in other words, it is as important to love your neighbour as it is to love God. But we have already stated that love cannot be forced, it must be a choice; so, how can God command us to love Him, and to love our neighbour? The Greek word for command speaks of a command or precept. Merriam- Webster Doctionary defines ‘precept’ as "a command or principle intended especially as a general rule of action." A general rule of action... Why is this command or precept being set, when, if love is to be love, it must be a choice? I believe sin began with love turned inward, and love turned inward results in death; not necessarily physical death, but the cessation of God's abundant, restorative, life - joy, peace, fruitfulness, satisfaction, fulfilment, etc. Teaching someone to love themselves, turns love inward. A very dangerous thing to do. Love does not originate from within. Love originates with God. And Life originates with God. A poor self-image or lack of love for oneself, flows from a wounded spirit. We do not have within ourselves the power to heal. Attempting to heal ourselves only creates deeper bondage. As water that does not flow becomes stagnant and dead, so love turned inward does not flow, and it too, becomes stagnant an has no life. God’s command to love Him and our neighbour, is a laying down of an important rule of action within the Kingdom of Life : Love must be others- focused. Inward-focused love can choose to love God and others, but it will be for a purpose of receiving something back - love, acceptance, favour, ... Outward-focused love must flow from the source which is God, through you to others. As you grow your love for God and God’s love flows through you, the life inherent in God’s love will bring full restoration of health and life to you - body, soul, and spirit - even as it is flowing out to others.
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
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Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

Others-Focused

Love

“You shall love your neighbour as

yourself.” Mark 12:31

A Call to Self-Love?

Jesus tells us to love others as we love ourselves. This is often interpreted as "you cannot love others before you love yourself first..." However, though I too know what it is to have a poor self image, there is something that troubles me deep within, regarding this statement. Our primary love is to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength; this is loving Him with your understanding, feelings, desires, way of thinking, ability, strength, and might. I was once told by someone close to me, to keep balance in my faith , but this does not speak of balance! Secondly, as we love God with every microscopic cell of our bodies, and the faintest breath of our souls and spirits, we are to love others as we love ourselves. Jesus actually says that the command to love others is 'like' the command to love God; in other words, it is as important to love your neighbour as it is to love God. But we have already stated that love cannot be forced, it must be a choice; so, how can God command us to love Him, and to love our neighbour? The Greek word for command speaks of a command or precept. Merriam-Webster Doctionary defines ‘precept’ as "a command or principle intended especially as a general rule of action." A general rule of action... Why is this command or precept being set, when, if love is to be love, it must be a choice? I believe sin began with love turned inward, and love turned inward results in death; not necessarily physical death, but the cessation of God's abundant, restorative, life - joy, peace, fruitfulness, satisfaction, fulfilment, etc. Teaching someone to love themselves, turns love inward. A very dangerous thing to do. Love does not originate from within. Love originates with God. And Life originates with God. A poor self-image or lack of love for oneself, flows from a wounded spirit. We do not have within ourselves the power to heal. Attempting to heal ourselves only creates deeper bondage. As water that does not flow becomes stagnant and dead, so love turned inward does not flow, and it too, becomes stagnant an has no life. God’s command to love Him and our neighbour, is a laying down of an important rule of action within the Kingdom of Life : Love must be others- focused. Inward-focused love can choose to love God and others, but it will be for a purpose of receiving something back - love, acceptance, favour, ... Outward-focused love must flow from the source which is God, through you to others. As you grow your love for God and God’s love flows through you, the life inherent in God’s love will bring full restoration of health and life to you - body, soul, and spirit - even as it is flowing out to others.
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
Prev Next