In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” Then Proverbs 14:12 says “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
A worldly concept of self-love is those who choose the broad way that leads to destruction. These are those who chose the “it’s all about me” pathway. The dictionary online states that self-love is the instinct by which one’s actions are directed to the promotion of one’s own welfare or well-being, especially in excessive regard to one’s owns advantage. Defining the word selfish we discover that it means pretty much the same thing.
Now let us not get it twisted. It is totally normal to care about your physical, mental, spiritual and financial well-being. God wants us to be healthy and strong to carry out his plans and purposes in this earth. Broke down, depressing, hopeless, worthless people do not tend to make positive impacts on the lives of others. We need to be love magnets in a god-like love. However, the self-love I’m speaking of is that “It’s all about me” self-love. We have to be very careful not to become “ate up” with ourselves. “Ate up” meaning you eat, sleep and breathe self.
When our minds are in that mode of thinking, we hog all the love to ourselves and others don’t stand a chance of getting even a little bit of love from us. God wants us to share our love. Honestly, it is only through God can we understand what true love is. Loves come from God and are meant to be shared. God is love. Please study 1 Corinthians 13th chapter, then meditate on 1 John 4:7-8.
Romans 2:14 explains how “Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it.” Seeing this scripture made me think about a documentary I recently viewed about a family living in a dense forest away from civilization. The husband of this family thought it honorable to climb a very tall tree to retrieve a bunch of honey for his wife and family. On the ground, his family was looking up at him praising him for his bravery. You see, this man could have easily died while reaching his hand into the swarming beehive to get his family some sweets. Honey was a rare delicacy they could enjoy a couple times a year. The husband withstood multiple bee stings. I thought to myself how this man has no access to laws like many so-called civilized human beings yet this man knows that love is an action word and he was willing to take the chance of getting stung by hundreds of bees just so his family would be happy.
This documentary was really moving in that it showed how those whom we label as uncivilized were actually more civilized than we are. The unity of this family was astonishing. They fit together like a hand in a glove. These people were obeying God’s command to love one another with true love. (See 1 Corinthians 13) They were in harmony and showed so much respect for one another. I am clueless as to how God works out situations like this but I do know that God is a God of Love and He is a God of justice. He does the right thing always.
I believe that us so-called civilized ones have much to learn from these so-called uncivilized people. Families like these can impact the world in profound ways. The point is if we would all take part in building strong, bonding, peaceful God-honoring family units, we could actually put a stop to much of the madness that’s going on in this world. Trusting in the righteousness of God sewn into our hearts can make us a better world to live in.
If you are out there alone on this Valentines Day. Don’t be distressed…
Have a lovely day anyway.
Don’t worry if there no one brings you roses or giving you a kiss.
If the gestures aren’t pure and from the heart, they’ll only make you reminisce.
Take the time out to love yourself, treat yourself to a nice outing, enjoy and be carefree.
Be sure not to forget to meditate on the fact that the love of God supersedes…
He takes care of all of your needs. Is there any greater Love than the Love of God…I should think not!
We cannot control that sinful nature inside us…that’s why Romans 5:6 tells us “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Grace is the sovereign (or superior) act of God by which we are drawn irresistibly to Him…Ephesians 1:5 says… “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.