Check back here for a short, weekly devotion written by a member of our congregation. May they be a blessing to you as you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
"The commandments ... are summed up in this word: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself'. ... Love is the fulfilling of the law" (Romans 13:9, 10).
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself." This is the way the Lord desires us to be toward each other (that means all "each others") - loving them as we love ourselves.
Just what does that mean? How do you love yourself? Well, any normal, healthy human being (which is what we are talking about here) takes care of himself or herself. They eat well, dress well, get enough sleep and exercise, etc. You get the picture. Gyms and spas are full of people who "love" themselves. They want to stay healthy and be in good shape. (Granted, some of them may go too far, but we won't get into that.)
The point is that loving the neighbor is to be just as concerned for his or her welfare, peace, joy, success, health, etc., as you are about your own - and then doing something about it when you are able. As has often been stated, this love is a decision, not an emotion or warm sentiment.
That's what we see in God in Christ. That's what He has poured into us and wants us to reflect. Back to Paul: "I appeal to you brothers (and sisters), by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship (Romans 12:1)."
So, remember those "mercies of God" and let them work in you!
- Pastor Henry
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