How often do we stop and think about how much we fail to obey God? Seriously, if we could stop for a minute, and list all of the times we have failed, we would be here all night. I think it is a good idea to stop and think about one thing: loving our neighbor as ourselves. What does it mean to love our neighbor as we love ourselves?
How often do we associate loving our neighbor with liking our neighbor? It seems that, far too often, this is what we think of when we discuss loving our neighbor. However, this is not always the case. We may or may not like our neighbor. Regardless of whether or not we like him or her, we are expected to love him or her.
So what does it truly mean to love your neighbor as yourself? Well, I have discovered that, at times, I do not like myself. In fact, I have entire weeks where I feel this way. Sometimes, I can't seem to get ahead. Other times, I just feel like I am not as accomplished as I should be. I have also discovered that, although I may not like myself one moment, I may really like myself the next. This like and dislike of myself comes and goes.
Despite the fact that I may not like myself at times, I have never denied myself food to eat when I am hungry, or something to drink when I am thirsty. I will always try to keep warm when it is cold, and I will always try to stay cool when it is hot. I always make sure that I have clothes to wear. I always make sure that I have shoes on my feet.
Think about this: I may not always like myself, but I am always able to love myself. I believe that this is what is meant by "love your neighbor as yourself". I believe that, if we would not deny it to ourselves, we should not deny it to our neighbor. If we do this, as James says, we "are doing well".