We really do "regard" our neighbor as we "regard" ourselves. THAT'S WHY THERE IS SO MUCH CONFUSION IN THE WORLD. Is self-love sinful or natural? Think about the things we say and think about ourselves; Stupid, Dumb or I'm Just Not Good Enough. And, Self-love is not natural because we "are naturally dead" in trespasses and sin. When we are finally driven to the "End of Ourselves", we are "Driven to the CROSS" to know the ability to LOVE. Only reconciliation to the FATHER through CHRIST are we able to LOVE AT ALL. This Personal Relationship with GOD makes it impossible that we could LOVE GOD and not ourselves. "Whoever does not love, does not know GOD" (1 John 4:8). And, "...Love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:39). How can we Love GOD and not ourselves, who are made in HIS image? How can we "Love" ourselves without Loving GOD. WE CAN'T DO ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER; and that is being driven to the END OF OURSELVES which DRIVES US TO THE CROSS.
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