Do It for Yourself

Love neighbor as your self. How can you love neighbor as yourself if you will not live up to your potential.

Mark 12:33 and to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as himself, is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

Love self is not narcissim, selfcenteredness, arrogance or pride; it is taking care of the mind and body Our Father gave us, according to His desires.

Caring, and intense felling toward in word and deed.

1Cor. 13:1 ¶ If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
1Cor. 13:2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
1Cor. 13:3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
1Cor. 13:4 ¶ Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;
1Cor. 13:5 it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
1Cor. 13:6 it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.
1Cor. 13:7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Be able to trust ourselves to speak and do the right by God for ourselves, not to do wrong to please our lower nature or people.

Honor parents that days may be long.

James 1:17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

James 1:23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;

2Cor. 4:4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

2Pet. 1:4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
2Pet. 1:5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
2Pet. 1:6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,
2Pet. 1:7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.

Jesus died for others’ sins. He did it because that is who he is. The Savior. He demanded of himself that he would never do anything wrong, no matter what anyone said or thought. The apostles did not help him at the end. They slept while he prayed. Peter denied him. He did not do to please them but to save them and bring honor and glory to God and upon himself.

We do what is right because it is good for us, the best for us. We must have that intense desire to live up to our best to be God’s adopted sons and daughters in word and deed. God will take care of the rest.