The Root of the Problem: Chapter 18 – Lack of Love for Man (Excerpt)

The Root of the Problem (cover)If we truly love others, we will seek their best interest ahead of our own. We will not wrong them for our own personal gain. We will not do harm to them. Instead we will love them as we would love ourselves. Jesus says that this was second in importance after our primary duty to love the Lord.

“The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:39).

It is interesting that our love for others is based upon the love we should naturally have for ourselves. If we hope to treat others in the way Jesus has told us to, then we must have a proper appreciation of who we are. However, this does not mean we are to be arrogant. After all, as we have already noticed in this study, we have sinned and are therefore deserving of death (Romans 3:23; 6:23) so we have no reason to be arrogant. But we must have a proper view of ourselves within the context of how God sees us.

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27).

We have been made in the image of God. That means we occupy a special place in His creation. We bear His likeness in ourselves.

You can read more about how God sees us and how we should therefore act towards others in The Root of the Problem: Why We Sin & How We Can Overcome. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!