Showing the love of Christ to others is important as we go about sharing the good news and gospel of Jesus Christ. When we love others as ourselves, we are showing them what being a Christian is about. You can speak all day long, but if your actions are not loving, kind, and compassionate, no one will listen to you too long. Your words and actions must be consistent.
Loving others as yourself requires you to think of each person you meet as just as important in your life as you are, caring for them as much as you care about your own wellbeing, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This type of love not only shares everything it has but looks for ways to uplift and encourage.
Think about how different our schools, churches, and neighborhoods would be if we all practiced loving each other as we love ourselves. Love like this looks at every person as essential to their life in Christ. We should look for ways to not only improve our own situation, but that of others around us.
Missionary work is an example of loving others as yourself. Missionaries go out and live in sometimes uncomfortable conditions to show others the love of Christ. They give unselfishly toward building the faith of people all around the world.
What practical ways can you love your neighbor as yourself during your daily routine?
Just as you pray for yourself, you can also pray for them. Prayer changes things and when you pray for someone even if they are not aware of it, you are showing the love of God. If you see an area of their life that needs prayer, go ahead and ask the Father to move on their behalf.
Showing compassion for others is also important. The compassion you show to others is your testimony. Your actions are showing others what you believe and that you love others and are willing to help.
Loving yourself, your neighbor, and God also brings balance into your life. We can get so caught up in thinking about our needs that we forget about others. It is when we take our focus off of ourselves and give God all the praise and honor and start looking for ways to help others that change starts to happen in our life. You will find a peace in your heart because you are actively loving yourself, others, and God.