“For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Galatians 5:14 NIV.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Simple. Easy to understand. However I go about loving myself, that is how I should love others. I am spending a good chunk of this year trying to figure out what love is and what it does.
This seems like a good place to start. How do I want to be loved and treated? Do that.
With all that is said about love, it gets muddied and can be difficult to understand. Difficult to define what it is and what it looks like when we attach it to foods and things. Difficult to determine what it is when everything that people do these days is often declared in love. But is it love?
I want to know. Because I want to be the kind of person who loves.
So, here is where I start. Love others like I love myself. Now, hopefully I love myself, and if I don’t perhaps I start there, by being patient with myself in this process because Christ is patient with me.
Then also too I can remember to be patient and loving with others as they learn and grow, and God takes them in their own journeys.
I write these things as if they are simple enough to do, but I can think of ways in which I have failed to love my neighbor this week. In the past I would dwell on it until it cycled into more things I regret.
But if love is the more excellent, it starts by offering myself some patience so that I can in turn offer it to others. Because God is patient with me as an expression of love, I can be patient with myself, and love others by being patient too.
Love is patient. Love fulfills the law.