Love Fulfills the Law
8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Romans 13: 8-10
Could you ever imagine a world in which every person lived by the “Golden Rule”. A world where no one cut you off in traffic, no one would steal your I-phone, the court rooms would be empty, jails would be turned into apartments and the Republicans and Democrats actually worked for the good of the people they serve. This is a world others call Utopia or Shangri-la, both fictional places that represent ideals that will never be reached by humanity. The secular world can choose to love or to hate, to help or to harm based on their ideals and desires. Unfortunately, we as followers of Christ cannot. Christians must obey the law of love which supersedes both religious and civil laws. We as Christians, cannot have the excuse of indifference to our fellow man merely because we have no legal obligation to them, or that the law permits us even to take action against them. There are no loopholes in Jesus’ law of love. Whenever love demands it, we are to go beyond human legal requirements and imitate the God of love. In James 2 verse 8 we are commanded: 8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.
As we discern and contemplate our actions toward our fellow man let’s take the time to ask ourselves if our actions are clothed in Christ. In other words can people see Christ in my actions toward them? Before we pass judgment or disdain to our fellow man let’s ask this simple question. What if that was me? What if that were me sleeping on the ground tonight, what if that were me stealing food to feed my family, what if that were me drowning in hopelessness, what if that were me teenage and pregnant. When we put ourselves in others shoes and choose to love them instead of ignore them, is when we take one small step in making the world a more Christ like place. Who do you need to love today?
Pastor Scott and Pastor Jenny
Prayers this week:
Prayers for those suffering from tumors and cancers
Prayers for those with upcoming surgery and recovering from surgery
Prayers for our struggling and grieving families
Prayers for our Veterans and those currently serving in the military
Prayers for those who need peace and discernment in times of brokenness and crisis.
Prayers for our young people to find the support and courage to overcome the many temptations that seek to destroy them.