Is self-love permitted in the creature in the same way that it is in God’s holiness?
a) God can and must love Himself as the highest good. The creature may not aim at making itself the highest good ans final purpose of its aspirations. In us absolute self-love is forbidden; indeed, strictly taken, so is absolute love for another creature where the honor of God would be left aside.
b) Still, one may speak of self-love in a good sense. the obligations, through whose fulfillment we must glorify God, must vary in nature. There are some that call us to self sacrifice, others that we must have in regard to self-preservation. Ill-considered self-sacrifice can become sin. Nobody may hate his own flesh. Matthew 22:39; Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8.
- Geerhardus, Vos. (2014) Reformed Dogmatics. Bellingham, WA 98225: Lexham Press.