Through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13–14
Killing two birds with one stone is the model of hunting efficiency. Serving someone through love is the model of godly efficiency. We don’t have to worry about remembering specific commands, for every command is simply a specific instance of the command to love our neighbors. But there are many situations in life not covered by commands. In these instances, we choose to consider our neighbors as valuable to us; and then we determine how best to express our love for them. When we love our neighbors, we can be certain we are aligning our lives with God’s purposes. We don’t need to worry if he will be pleased with us. Since he is always pleased with the obedience of faith, and since faith always works itself out in love, the Lord will be pleased when we love. The service of love fulfills the entire range of God’s commands, which means that when we truly love someone else, we have already succeeded in loving God. When we find full delight in God and his promise-keeping integrity, we will feel secure enough, and satisfied enough, to move out from ourselves to do good to someone else. Loving others delights God because it proves how trustworthy and delightful he is.
Loving Father, thank you for making life so simple. Please open my eyes to see how I might best serve the people you have given me to love in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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