The Law of God in One Word



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    Galatians 5:13-14, "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. [14] For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."

    Liberty is freedom. As Christians we are called to freedom. Freedom from sin. Freedom from the clutches of evil. Freedom from the punishment that follows if we remain in sin. Yet this freedom from sin is not given to us as an opportunity to turn around and follow the flesh. Grace and forgiveness is not a reason to live in sin and follow our fleshly desires. The freedom that we have in Christ gives us the opportunity to serve one another in love. The entirety of God's laws can be summed up in the statement, "love your neighbor as yourself." When we love our neighbor we will not do them harm but rather we will help them. When we love our neighbor we will want good for them, and help them accomplish that good. When we love our neighbor we will want them to be in heaven with us. When we love our neighbor we will live our lives like Jesus did sacrificing of ourselves to help others be right with God.

    When we love our neighbor as ourselves we will strive to always set the right example. Don't forget, my example may very well help them in the right direction, or could push them away from truth. When we love our neighbor we will not live a sinful life-- even if we think it is not hurting anyone else. If everyone in the world loved their neighbor as themselves then this world would be a wonderful place to live.

    Now, keep in mind that all of the people who will be in heaven will be people who love their neighbor as themselves. How wonderful that place will be!


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