The one who loves another has fulfilled the law

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:8-10

God’s law can be summed up in one word, love. If you love God and love your neighbor than you will fulfill the law. Unfortunately for us that is much easier said than done. We constantly let perceived hurts and our pride get in the way. It sometimes seems that is should be easy to love God but then we choose to sin rather than obey Him and I find that loving God is not as easy as it should be.

I am also embarrassed at how trivial things can make me not show love to others. Someone drives in a way I think they should not and I get mad. A friend cancels at the last minute and I get upset. Maybe I have a headache and I let that get in the way of showing my love for others. It seems like I can find more reasons not to show love than to show it.

Fortunately, God knew we would have a hard time with such a simple concept of loving others. His love for us is so great that it overcomes our failings. He gave us a way out, one that we would never be able to achieve on our own. One day two thousand years ago God took on flesh and lived among us. Jesus showed us the way back to Him and changed the world forever.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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