Self-Love or Loving Self

It is a fine line between putting yourself at the center of the universe and loving yourself because God has made you in His image.  As Jesus puts emphasis on the greatest commandments He says:

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Mark 12:28-34 ESV)

How can we make sure we do not put ourself up as an idol?  After all, the culture of today gives us plenty of opportunity to be ‘all about me’.  Remember the first part of the command.  Jesus first said to love God with ALL of you.  This guarantees that He is first and that your love is genuinely focused. 

How can we make sure we do not fail to love ourselves?  This is also a problem as many people suffer from self-image issues and self-worth problems.  We can point to the scriptures for promises to cling to!  Genesis 1:26 says God made YOU in HIS Image.  That’s pretty worthy stuff.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says that God bought YOU with a price.  

Why is this important?  This second command focuses our love upon our neighbor and measures that love by the love we have for ourselves.  We want to do this well and that means we must be full of appropriate love of ourselves rather than too full of self-love or too empty of self-worth.  

Do you see great worth in yourself because God made you in His image?