By Katelyn S. Bolds, Staff Member
“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.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” Romans 13:9-10 NIV
Above all things, love. When the Apostle Paul was writing this passage in Romans, he wished us to know that above all laws, when we love, we do what is right. He speaks of course, of true love from God, pure and selfless. All commandments are summed up in this, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” What a humbling thought. Instead of just trying to keep to ourselves and not sin, truly following the God’s law is an action, not an avoidance of sinful actions.
What would happen if we shifted the entire world into the paradigm of love versus evil? Instead of thinking of things as good and bad/black and white, we could ask ourselves, “Is what I’m doing loving?” How would your actions change?
Would you continue that political rant on Facebook? Would you put off doing the laundry, hoping your husband would take the hint? Most importantly, would you still watch that extra hour of Netflix?
Well, maybe you would, because it means more time snuggling with your loved ones. But above all, consider your actions. There is no grey areas when it comes to living and loving like Jesus.
Love is patient. Love is Kind. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)
Prayer: Jesus, give me your heart to love. Show me what is loving and what is not. Be with me today and every day as I learn to be more and more like you. Amen.