Maybe you’ve heard the idea that “you can’t love others until you’ve learned to love yourself.” On the surface, that makes sense. Starting with this “love model,” for lack of a better term, below are three.
- Self ==> others
This model suggests that one’s love for self leads to love for others, but it leaves God out. The world can say something like this with some reasonably good intent and effect, but shouldn’t believers affirm God as the source of love?
- God ==> self ==> others
This model improves on the first, but it may be placing the self too high in a sort of hierarchy. “Look out for number one” seems to be a philosophical sibling here.
- God ==> all
This model establishes God and puts the “self” in context of the entire human creation that God loves.
Thanks to preacher Peter for proposing these models for consideration. Formerly, I had more or less assumed the first model was valid, nearly ascribing biblical basis to it. The third model now seems to me to be more congruent with biblical revelation. What thoughts do you have?