Scriptures: Romans 12:9-21, 13:1-14
With all that has happened in our society in the past week, I believe there is something important that we as Christians, and as people, need to remember. Love is of God and is therefore holy. Above all things, we are called to love – love God and love others. In that vein, there are several key things that I think we need to keep in mind in reference to God’s law.
1.) You cannot legislate love. “Against such things [love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control] there is no law (Galatians 5:23b).”
2.) “Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law (Romans 13:10).” The greatest commandment that we are given, aside from loving God, is to love and care for each other as we love ourselves.
3.) Marriage between others is not my (our) business or my (our) place to judge. My place is to love. “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law (Romans 13:10).”
We are part of a holy kingdom, ruled by Christ. He is our ultimate authority and the Bible tells us that we can fulfill the law simply by loving our neighbor. When we gather, speak, and act in love for others, whether we agree with them on every nuance of life or not, we are living and fulfilling our purpose as Christians. Let us fulfill the greatest commandment and love one another and others, today and every day.
“They will know that you are my disciples by your love.” – John 13:35
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