. . . we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
How much do I love my own self? Let me count the ways.
I love myself enough to eat well, to exercise, to make sure I have a house to live in and clothes to wear. I love myself enough to seek out meaningful work, as well as opportunities to do things I enjoy, and to have fun. I love myself enough to take really good care of myself.
And how much do I love my neighbors? Do I love them that much?
If I apply Jesus’s definition of “neighbor” – the one He offered in the story of the Good Samaritan, in Luke 10:25-37 – I need to love the one who is in need as much as I love my own self.
Am I as willing to meet my neighbor’s needs as I am to meet my own? Can I meet their needs with what is left over from my own life?
Or does loving my neighbor mean giving up some of what I use to meet my own needs, in order to meet theirs?
I have not loved my neighbor as much as I love my own self . . .