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Loving Others Fulfills The Law: Listen to Jesus and take heart in Matthew 22:35-40

Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?”  JESUS SAID TO HIM, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.  THIS IS THE FIRST AND GREAT COMMANDMENT.  AND THE SECOND IS LIKE IT:’YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’  ON THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS HANG ALL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS.”  When Jesus was speaking about this it is clear that He speaking about love because when you love the Lord with everything in you and you love your neighbor as yourself you will not do him or her harm and if you do sin against the Lord and your neighbor, if you have love in your heart then you will feel remorse and seek forgiveness and restitution.  Take heart these truths regarding love in Romans 13:8-10 Own no one anything except to love one another, for he 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 bear false witness,”  “You shall not covet,”  and if there is any other commandment, all are summed up in this saying namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Wow! These are so powerful but yet so encouraging at the same time.  We don’t have to be perfect, but what we need to do is love our heavenly Father first with all of our heart, soul, and mind, then love our neighbor as our-self so we will do our best not to sin against God and others, but knowing that if we confess our sins before the Lord He will forgive us and purify us of all unrighteousness and seek forgiveness of others also and do forgive as well when others do this against us.  God’s love is  so amazing and powerful.  Let us rejoice in His perfect love and strive to be like Jesus by putting on Christ as it says in Romans 13:11-14  And do this, knowing the time, that now it  is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.  The night is  far spent, the day is at hand.  Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.  Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkeness, not in licentiousness and lewdness, not in strife and envy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

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