Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Mr. Rogers“Love your neighbor as yourself”: If we break down this Biblical scripture and common phrase it will take on a new light.  Here are a couple of powerful questions:  If you love your neighbor as yourself, yet you don’t really love yourself…does that mean you don’t love others or treat them as well as they deserve to be treated?  On the contrary, if you really love yourself, do you actually love others and treat them better than if you didn’t?   I have observed these correlations in people over and over again, and have found them to be true.  If you feel this is true for you, you may either feel great about how you think and behave or you may feel like you have some work to do.  If you find yourself judging others, thinking nasty thoughts, or even being grumpy toward others, then you should look at how you truly feel about you!

People are either coming from a point of Fear, Lack, and Limitation…OR…Love, Oneness, Unity, Abundance, and Prosperity.  Coming from the first would indicate a lack of love for self, which would determine how you treat yourself and others in a not-so-loving manner. This could be manifested in a number of ways including, but not limited to: negative self talk, put downs, judging self and others, criticism, dirty looks, nasty comments, intolerance, feeling jealous, etc. If you are coming from the latter, that would also determine how you treat yourself and others, and would result in being loving, kind, gentle, complimentary, patient, generous, compassionate,  spreading goodness to everyone, etc.

We cannot give away what we do not have ourselves.

Do you love you?  Answer this question honestly and see how it is reflected in your words, thoughts, and actions toward yourself and others!  If my theory holds true, we all should work on loving ourselves first so we can then genuinely love our neighbors!

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