This is my attempt at having an ongoing conversation about the Word of God, life and ministry - especially thoughts on the daily lectionary and the movement of the Spirit of God at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church (although everything contained herein is strictly my own thoughts and not the view of GSPC) or something like that
Friday, December 24, 2010
Advent Conspiracy Devotional: Friday, December 24th
Scripture: Romans 13:8-10 8Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.9The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”10Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Reflection: We sometimes think that following God and doing what God wants is all about following a set of rules.And that is understandable, God does want us to live a certain way.
But Paul, widely known for being a strict rule follower at one point in his life, reminds us that the first rule that we need to follow – and the rule that will lead us to obedience in all of the other areas of our life is the ‘rule of love’
Simply put if we are truly acting out of love for God and love for our neighbor, then we will by default follow the rule of God.Love is the key to faithfully following God’s call on our lives and love is the key to living into a life that adheres to God’s plan and rule for our lives