When we first encounter Jesus words regarding loving our neighbor as ourselves we hear it as a command. We perceive it as a word outside ourselves which we have to fulfill by mustering up love and devotion towards people we do not necessary have a close relation to. Our evident failures to meet this requirement cause anguish in us. As if that wasn’t enough we find out in the process of being good, lovely and kind that we do not love ourselves much either. Some are sufficiently observant to recognize that the fulfillment of this word hinges on one condition, viz. that we love ourselves.
It is really hard to love oneself when all one see are failures, weaknesses and warts. God has promised that He will teach us to walk in all His ways. Through our failures we learn that no word in the Bible is fulfilled in an outer way. Everything is inner, and what is fulfilled on our inside will manifest on the outside. That is a hard, but absolutely necessary lesson to learn on our way towards full liberty in the Spirit.
The majority of Christendom, as most of us know it, is a betterment and improvement system which attempts to make good disciples by applying outer pressures concerning conduct and behavior. Many of us still carry with us this deception that we need to be fixed. We ask God to reveal areas which need betterment. The beauty of His actions is that He is leading us away from such a mindset, because He has forever fixed us in Christ. And it is in our inner consciousness that we to our great surprise and delight find that every word already is fulfilled in us and we simply walk in this knowledge which is a place in the Promised Land that is far yonder of concepts such as law, condemnation and sin. God has conquered those giants on our behalf and we have thus progressed far beyond them.
The only “sin” we now are aware of is that we sometimes fall back into a separated mindset, but the Spirit immediately comes to our rescue and reminds us of who we are and who we are joined one Spirit with, and that Christ is living our lives now. And paradoxically it is there we find our personhood and uniqueness. But, most importantly it is in Him we see our perfection which all along has been God’s great desire to reveal to us. From now on it is easy to love and accept ourselves. And as we make peace with ourselves we amazingly discover that we are love and that it spontaneously flows from our bellies without any effort on our part.