In Mark 12:31, Jesus gives an important lesson for us all. He says, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ The question is how do we love others more than we love ourselves? How do we even admit that we are more important than others?
There is a word that at least explains the reason that we all struggle with loving others more than we love ourselves. The word is self-absorption. It is defined as a preoccupation with our own emotions, interests or situations.
The metaphors for the word self-absorption really help us to understand our true problem. They are self-preoccupation, self-importance and self-regard. So, if we are self-preoccupied, then others in our culture and community will never be touched by the love of God.
So, what do we do? The words of Psalm 139:23-24, give the answer and the solution, it says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” Like the old song says, “Lead on oh King Eternal.”