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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Wouldn't it be great if we didn't have to have laws to keep people in line! That's the point behind Paul's message here. Treat our neighbors like we would like to be treated. Love them as we like to be loved. If we do that, then we're not going to do anything that would hurt them, much less violate a command of law!

The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

— Romans 13:9-10

Dear Lord, please write your character and will on our hearts that we might be a living example, testifying to your righteousness and grace. Help us to think more carefully about how our neighbors feel before we act or react to them -- not just today, but every day! In Jesus name, Amen.

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