What is the real meaning of Easter? Because of Christ’s death and resurrection, we have been given victory over death and eternal separation from God, a covenant promise of forgiveness and grace.
May we not let the Easter pass without remembering God’s love for all of us .
God bless you! 😀
Perhaps you’d think being up high makes you proud – everything beneath seems so small. But it didn’t. It made me realize I’m one of them. A tiny living being occupying a negligible space in the entire universe, yet surrounded by a Love bigger than one can ever imagine. Isn’t it so humbling and so uplifting at the same time?
Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
No. I’m not talking about loving your neighbours.
Yes. That is what Jesus is asking us to do. Love the people around so much that it’s as much as loving ourselves. As clear as a crystal. But I missed an important hidden gem in this verse.
In the midst of a low-self-esteem attack, the question a dear friend gently threw at me was like a lightning in a dark night:
How do you love your neighbor as yourself if you don’t love yourself in the first place?
In my ears it had the effect of:
How? Like, seriously, HOW do you even begin to love your neighbor as yourself if you don’t even love yourself enough?!?!
(Thank God for a gentle and patient friend…)
It threw a new light to a verse I thought I knew. God loves us, what reasons do we have to trample on ourselves? We might go around daily smiling and laughing, but deep down, sometimes we just don’t love ourselves enough, or not in the way God would like us to. Do we forgive our passed mistakes after God forgives? Do we accept the encouragement people around and God give us? Do we move on from wounds from the past? Do we surround ourselves with and enjoy God’s blessings? Do we take care of our physical and mental health?
Now I look at this verse as two instructions: Love myself. Love the people around.
God loves us all.