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.

“Following in the footsteps of Jesus” showing full extent of our love to our family in Christ

The Lord revealed to my heart that we need to follow His example of how He showed the disciples his love for them.  This one thing we are lacking to do in remembrance of Him.  Jesus told us to break bread in fellowship with one another regarding the Lord’s supper, but before this, Jesus humbled himself as a servant to his disciples to wash their feet.  Then He explained how they don’t understand what He did but will at a later time and further told of how they called Him Lord which is true, but also He showed them an example to follow regarding love for one another.  Though we do have the Lord’s supper in dividing the bread for remembrance of the Lord’s body and drinking the cup regarding the new covenant in His blood, we are not washing one another’s feet in showing love for one another like He has done in John 13: 1-17  It was just before the Passover Feast.  Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father.  Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.  The evening meal was being  served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus.  Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.  After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciple’s feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.  He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”  Jesus replied,  You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”  “No, ” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”  Jesus answered,  Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”  “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”  Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean.  And you are clean, though not every one of you.”  For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.  When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place.  “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.  “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.  Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”  

Jesus is clearly telling us that we are no better than him to wash one another’s feet to show love like He has done.  Jesus, being our Lord set the example to the disciples He taught while on this earth before His death on the cross.  The disciples continued the teaching of Jesus to other disciples that believed in the gospel message when they were alive on this earth, and now the words of Jesus are still true and do not change.  Paul instructed Timothy regarding widows and taught washing the feet of the saints along with many other good deeds in 1 Timothy 5:9-10 No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.    As disciples of Jesus, we should continue to hear and do what Jesus commanded us to do in John 13:34-35  “A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” 

“Know The True Jesus” Jesus is God, the Living Word came in the flesh, Always Perfect

John 1:1-18 IN THE beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor the will of the flesh, nor the will of man, but of God.  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.  John bear witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.  And of his fulness, have all we received, and grace for grace.  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.  John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Jesus was perfect as He is God the Son and He never sinned while he was here on this earth as He is the perfect Lamb of God, tempted in every way, but yet He never sinned.  When He turned over the tables in the temple it was not a sin as it was God’s anger and God is pure.  The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus was without sin and took on our sin on the cross and so we could become the righteousness of God, clothed in the perfect Lamb of God’s blood.  If Jesus did sin, then He would not be God who became flesh and is the Living Word to live and die.  The Bible would be a lie and we know better as the Holy Spirit teaches and rebukes the false lies that Satan declares. Read with Truth in your heart in 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.  Hebrews 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.  For we have not an high priest, which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly before the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  1 John 5: 7-8 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.  And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.