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Does Jesus want us to love ourself first or others? MATTHEW 22:39

MATTHEW 22:39—Does want us to love ourself first or others?

 

PROBLEM: says in Matthew are to love our neighbor as ourselves. But, love ourselves first, before love our neighbor, this would be putting self before neighbor. Is teaching should be selfish?

SOLUTION: Loving others as love ourselves can be understood in different ways, but in no is implying should be selfish. condemns “lovers of themselves” (2 Tim. 3:2). It exhorts us not to consider only our own interests, but also the interest of others (Phil. 2:4). There are three ways to understand the phrase, “love others as yourself.”

First, some is saying ought to love others as ought to love ourselves, namely, unselfishly. This, however, seems far too subtle and dialectical for ’ normally straight-forward moral assertions. It would have been more forthright to simply do not be selfish the tangled command of loving oneself unselfishly.

Second, Jesus could have meant should love others as ought to love ourselves, namely, properly. There is a legitimate self-respect or self-love. Ephesians tells us to care for our own bodies, “for no one ever hated own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it” (5:28–29). There is wrong with a legitimate self-care and self-respect. condemns someone for “thinking of himself more highly he ought,” but urges him to think “soberly” (Rom. 12:3). In this sense, Jesus may be saying love others as you ought to love yourselves.

Third, Jesus could have meant that we should love others as much as we do love ourselves. That is, He might have been saying that we should measure how we ought to love others by how we actually do love ourselves without implying that the we love ourselves is correct. Rather, God may be simply pointing to love for self as the standard by which we should judge how much to love others. In this , there would be an automatic check on our selfish love, we would have to love others this much too.

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