Sometimes an awesome quote can motivate and inspire us. It can help us create change and remember goals and help us stay on healthy paths we are headed on. That's why this week each of us at Imagine Hope will be sharing some of our favorite inspirational quotes. We hope they influence your lives in a positive way as they have ours! Mark 12:31 "The second is this, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' There is no other commandment greater than these."- Jesus
Jesus spoke these words after being asked by scribes many questions trying to test him. In Mark 12:28, Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment is. To which He replies, "And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."( Mark 12:30)
Then Jesus goes on with the second greatest commandment to love our neighbor as yourself.
Think about that...after loving God, we are commanded to love our neighbor...as we love our self.
Are you self-focused? Do you look out for yourself to try to get the best outcome you want? We all have a selfish thought process in us. It is human nature.
But do you love your neighbor in the way that you love yourself? Do you see people around you through the same lens you look at yourself?
This isn't just a nice idea that we should 'maybe' do, if we think about it. This is a commandment.
Sometimes I look at how selfish I am and look out for my own best interest. But when I think about it, I'm not always the best at loving others with that same love.
This verse from the Bible is convicting and helps me re-center that we need to be looking out for others in the same way we look out for ourselves. As you go about your day, I encourage you to follow this commandment. Love others in the same way you love yourself.
Check in all week for more quotes that will inspire you!
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri does virtual therapy for residents of Indiana and Florida using videoconferencing technology. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling and adolescent counseling.