When asked what the greatest commandment of all Scripture was, Jesus replied in Matthew 22:37-38:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
So here we see the three keys to a proper perspective of life.
- I must love God
My desire for God must be stronger than every other passion or love. This love we have for him is but a dim reflection of the love has first shown to us. While mankind is set above all of creation, we are still a needy, weak people. And even though we are sinners, God’s love is still given to us, Romans 5:8. And as we see this love in our lives, we will take up our cross and follow him.
- I must love my neighbor
Our love for God is reflected in the way we show love to others. The Bible teaches us that the way to greatness is obtained through our humility and service towards our neighbors. As we mature in Christ, we will put the needs of others before our own desires. This applies even to those who do not deserve our love or kindness.
- I must love myself
Often overlooked, because it is just assumed, we must have a love and respect for our own selves. While we must avoid sinful pride, we should love ourselves enough to take care of our bodies and to save our soul. Jesus says that we are of great value to the Father, Luke 12:7. As the only part of creation made in the image of God, we each are very special. This is why the Christian should not remain in an abusive relationship, should care well for his body, and should strive to be an example to others.