If you’re a student of the Bible, you’re familiar with the idea of the command that we love one another, and even further, that we love our neighbor as ourself. This is an idea that is very deep, and we need to look below the surface. I’ve been delving into it as I spend time devoted to thought.
Love your neighbor as yourself. There’s a qualifier attached to this – do you see what it is?
As Yourself. Do you love yourself? Seems hard to do, sometimes. One assignment we have in the MKMMA is to read a poem called “The Gal in the Glass,” then look at yourself in the mirror and say, “I love you!” Sometimes I believe it, sometimes I don’t.
This week we began the 7-day mental diet. There’s an essay, you can find it here – http://bit.ly/1e8T8a3 – written by Emmet Fox. We are to allow no negative thoughts. If a negative thought presents itself, you have seven seconds to negate it. Get it? Negate the negative thought. LOL!! Replace it with something positive. If you don’t catch it in time, you have to begin your 7-days anew!
Combine the diet with our thrice daily reading of Scroll 2 in The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino, which repeatedly states, “I will greet this day with love in my heart,” and then throw in Jesus’ instruction noted above, and you see that you have to be particularly careful about what you think about yourself. If you don’t love yourself, then loving your neighbor as yourself isn’t such a great thing. You MUST love yourself in order to love your neighbor. You first, in this particular instance.
This love must be unconditional. The love for oneself, the love for others. We don’t hear, love your neighbor unless he makes you mad!! We’re not told, love yourself as long as you do certain things. Just love. Just love yourself! Just love your neighbor!! When you avoid the negative thoughts, when you withhold your opinions as we began to do recently in this wonderful course, it becomes more clear how very lovable you are, and how very lovable your neighbor is. I had an inspired thought about two weeks ago: Love is both a noun and a verb. If you don’t understand the application of the verb, you have no comprehension of the meaning of the noun. LOVE IS ACTION! Go out there and love! Everyone!