Leviticus 19:18 “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.”
I rode up to
to spend an extended Memorial Day weekend with family. And whenever I go to the
lake, I attend the Sunday Worship Service at “The Little Church in the Pines”
with my dad. Pastor Herk Rolff preached a Sermon how God created us to have a
proper love for ourselves; He didn’t say to hate yourself and love others, but
to love others as yourself. We are told in Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am
fearfully and wonderfully made;your works are wonderful.” Each of us are
created by God, our Maker, and though limited, have unlimited potential –
lovable, with worthiness. Bass Lake, California
Romans 13:8-10 “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
We live in a dog-eat-dog world of negative and insulting false criticism and comparisons that fosters guilt. Even when we give those guilty feelings (true or false) to God, we tend to put the past behind us in a little red wagon that we pull behind, so that we can stop and pull those old feeling back out. When you bury the hatchet, you are not supposed to leave the handle sticking out of the ground for future use. Satan (the Accuser) furthers this guilt-trip by reminding us of the sinfulness of sin and our responsibility for it, with the intention of destroying us by hating ourselves and not turning to the Lord.
Pastor Herk suggests praying and asking for forgiveness to the God of Forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. Sin breaks our relationship, but forgiveness through Christ restores our relationship with God in reconciliation back to an upright position.
- Love God, love others and loving yourself properly begins at home and recognizing God’s love to us in Christ.
- Forgive yourself as God does. Praise Father God for His mercy. love, grace and forgiveness.
- Learn from the past, but look forward and tell others to do the same.
- Evaluate yourself regularly to God’s standards and truth.
- Accept uniqueness in yourself and others – Do not be anxious.
- Discipline yourself disciple – Student and Follower of Jesus.
- Dedicate yourself with true devotion to the highest - God’s best.
- Fulfill God’s Will
- Give to ministries and get involved in God’s work here today.
- Internalize God’s Word and use it daily in your personal walk with the Lord in the Spirit.
Matthew 22:35-39 “One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this Question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Pastor Herk explained that God made you and I, but He is not finished with us yet. Metaphorically, we are still on His easel being painted into a “Masterpiece.” Literally, this side of eternity, we are a work in progress and objects of our Creator’s supreme concern. Sovereign God, our Maker, our audience of One, sees everything that we write in our book of life. Realize your own personal worth; if you or I were the only Sinner on earth, God would have still sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for us anyway. Oh, He did. Does it get any more personal than that? We have our own personal Savior and Lord, who, out of pure love for us, died for our sins, so that we would be forgiveness. That’s how much you are worth, so love yourself.
1 Corinthians 13:12-13 “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.’
In Christ, Brian