“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:31 is not a suggestion. It is a command straight from the King of Kings. In fact this premise is so important when asked what the greatest commandment is; Jesus replied with the previously discussed command and added this one as the second.
We live in a society of self-worship. A huge portion of what we do in our day-to-day lives revolves around being, making, looking, feeling, or knowing better. There’s not really anything wrong with those things when kept in check, but many make an idol of themselves by taking one or more too far.
What if we who proclaim to carry the name Christian upon our lives were to actually love people as we love ourselves? Jesus spoke numerous tidbits along these lines, but it all boils down to the practice of placing others first. Let’s be honest, living selflessly is not at the top of anyone’s to-do list these days. Shouldn’t it be?