It's more from the idea of valuing physical safety and as an extension of the valuing emotional safety.poetess wrote:love2 wrote:I understand the concept of sacrifical love but if one of the greatest commandments is to love your neighbor as you love yourself you have to start making yourself a priority and stop feeling guilty about it. I am sure Jesus did not feel guilty for the times that he was taking care of himself instead of healing the sick.
This wasn't Jesus "focusing on Himself instead of other people." His primary focus in becoming man wasn't to focus on healing people; it was to preach the Gospel, train the disciples, and die and be raised for our sins. He was willing to heal people, but not to make that His primary focus at the expense of having time with His Father or preaching the Gospel. "Take care of yourself first" is not a fair application from this.
There are some examples of physical safety in this post: http://www.leslievernick.com/what-scrip ... ve-spouse/
The idea is when someone's life is in danger it's ok to separate so in same way - Jesus was here to accomplish his mission and you correctly point out that his mission wasn't to meet everyone's needs to to accomplish what the father sent him to do.
Along those same lines, god has a mission for each one of us to accomplish and he also desires for us to be emotionally and physically whole. If we focus too much of our energy on our spouses it can be very destructive. I don't suggest that jesus' primary focus was to heal the sick but rather that he did set boundaries with people to accomplish his mission instead of becoming overwhelmed by serving and not taking care of what he needed to accomplish
Anyway this is too much of a rabbit trail! Sorry for that
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