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  • Writer's pictureEmile Neethling

Love One Another

In our busy lives, filled with goals, dreams, and daily challenges, there's a simple, powerful message at the heart of everything: love one another as we love ourselves. This idea isn't new. It's as old as time, or at least as old as the words found in the Bible, but it's something we often forget. Today, I want to talk about this simple yet profound truth, especially how it touches us in our families, work, and every interaction.

The Heart of the Matter

In the Bible, Jesus tells us, "Love your neighbour as yourself" (Mark 12:31). These words are more than just a command; they're a guide to living a life full of meaning, connection, and joy. Imagine the world we could create if we all took this message to heart. It's about seeing each other, really seeing, and caring deeply about their happiness and well-being, just as we do our own.

Simple Acts of Love

As a life and performance coach, I see the power of these words every day. When I sit with someone, listen to their dreams, struggles, and fears, and then offer encouragement, guidance, and support, that's love in action. It's about helping them see their worth and potential, just as I see mine. It's about celebrating their victories as if they were my own and standing by them in their moments of doubt and fear.

This principle applies to our family lives, too. With my wife and teenage daughters, love means listening, really listening, to what they're saying—and sometimes what they're not saying. It's about being there for them, in the big and small moments, and showing them through words and actions that they are valued, respected, and loved unconditionally.

The Ripple Effect

When we love others as we love ourselves, it creates a ripple effect. Each act of kindness, understanding, and compassion spreads, touching lives and hearts in ways we may never fully know. As a coach, when I see someone I've worked with start to believe in themselves, make positive changes, and then pass on that encouragement and support to others, it's clear that love is not just a feeling but an action that moves and grows.

This principle doesn't mean we must always agree with everyone or that every moment will be easy. But it does mean choosing empathy over indifference, kindness over harshness, and understanding over judgment. It's about consciously choosing to treat others with the same care and consideration we'd like for ourselves.

Living the Message

Centring our lives around the biblical scripture to love our neighbours as ourselves is both a challenge and a gift. It invites us to look beyond our own needs and desires and to connect with others in a deep and meaningful way. It asks us to be a source of light and hope, just as we seek light and hope in our lives.

Let's keep these words close to our hearts as we move through our days. Let's be quick to listen, slow to judge, and eager to offer a word of encouragement or a helping hand. Whether we're coaching someone toward their dreams, sharing a meal with our family, or simply interacting with a stranger, let's do it with love. Because, in the end, it's love that truly makes a difference in the world.

Let's not just read the words "Love your neighbour as yourself" but live them, every day, in every way we can. It's in these moments of love and connection that we find the true beauty of life.

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