Christ commands self-love

26 August 2022

The 22nd Chapter of Matthew finds Jesus as he walks toward His impending crucifixion, continuing to be tested for authenticity by the current day Religious Leaders. Without hesitation, he identifies the greatest commandment: “to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and your neighbor as yourself." In his identification of this commandment being second only to loving God, Jesus effectively validates the life of every individual regardless of circumstance. This article is dedicated to influencing those who would consider suicide as a resolving end.

As Christ died to ensure everyone could have access to salvation, He did so in the full knowledge that sometimes journies in life can be difficult. Jesus understood that though a path may look like doom, just over the hill could be a success. Our Father, in wisdom, gave commandments meant to offset life's mishaps and confusion. Even the world has adopted His methodology of "placing the mask over your face for oxygen before those around you". Loving yourself first is necessary before attempting to love your neighbor. Ultimately, we must take the beam from our eye to see the speck in our neighbors (Matthew 7:5). Besides, surely, after we sweat to clean our own hearts, mind, and stuff ... the neighbor's issues won't look nearly as bad.

Taking prophetic liberties, I contend that Christ (even today) shakes His head in disbelief of our foolishness and judgemental behavior toward others who usually do only a fraction of what we are capable of. If we were as quick to judge our own decisions as we are to judge others, we probably would make far fewer bad ones. The enemy's strategy is to diminish our value on earth in order to hide our heavenly value, so we must practice self-love diligently. I promote searching yourself through the eyes of the cross as a great way not to point a finger at others.

I found that reflection on past decisions (particularly bad ones) can provide invaluable insight into not making the same mistakes. Self-analyzing what part I played in situations where things went sour creates a gauge for future decisions. In fact, I find that because of self-analyzation, I am less frequently in the same situation twice. Indeed, if we look in the mirror through the lens of Christ, our lives are guaranteed to grow and transform into His righteousness. Now that is good news for our neighbors and us.