“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
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The Second Greatest Commandment
Matthew 22:36-40 English Standard Version (ESV)
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
You shall love your neighbour as yourself. Every Christian should have heard that phrase, but have you ever really thought about it? This is one verse that I believe can be turned on it’s head, You shall love yourself as you love your neighbor.
I used to think that being humble meant that I could not love myself, but if you hate yourself, then the second greatest commandment would be more like hate your neighbour as you hate yourself. God definitely doesn’t want that!
God wants us to love ourselves, To hate yourself would be to hate someone that God loves.
“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”
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