Jesus seeks to take us deeper for he said: LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I LOVE YOU.
We are not expected to just love others as we love ourselves. We are encouraged to climb higher - inwards: TO LOVE AS GOD LOVES.
We are to go far beyond the beautiful human capacity to LOVE. We are to ascend higher into the greater divine capacity to LOVE.
Stop and meditate on this for a minute...
John 13:34-35 Darby Translation (DARBY)
34 A new commandment I give to you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all know that ye are disciples of mine, if ye have love amongst yourselves.
Urantia Book 180:1 - THE NEW COMMANDMENT.
JESUS to his disciples, "...You well know the commandment which directs that you love one another; that you love your neighbor even as yourself. But I am not wholly satisfied with even that sincere devotion on the part of my children. I would have you perform still greater acts of love in the kingdom of the believing brotherhood. And so I give you this new commandment: That you love one another even as I have loved you. And by this will all men know that you are my disciples if you thus love one another." - UB180:1.1