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Encouragements to Love #3—Fulfilling Love

Through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13–14) Owe no one anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “Do not …” are summed up in this, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Because love does no wrong to a neighbor, love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:8–10)

Jack Palance’s character, Curly, was right in one way and wrong in another. He was right to assert that the secret to life is “one thing.” But, fortunately, he was wrong when he said, “What is the one thing? That’s what you have to find out.” Nearly 2000 years earlier the Apostle Paul revealed the real secret, the “one thing” that we all can successfully embrace. By summing up every one of God’s moral commands—those commands that govern how we relate to the people around us—with a quotation from Leviticus 19:18—Love your neighbor as yourself—he eliminates confusion. When we pursue love we remove the anxiety of trying to figure out what we should be doing in life. And we free ourselves from worrying if we’re doing something wrong—either to our neighbor or in God’s eyes. Because love is comprehensive, worry about remembering specific prohibitions vanishes! Indeed, obeying God’s one command to serve our neighbors in love is how we know we’re truly loving God, the one who created each of our neighbors to be his representatives on earth.

Loving Lord, let me not receive your grace in vain; rather, let it flow through me in genuine, fulfilling love.


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