Friday, December 24, 2010

Advent Conspiracy Devotional: Friday, December 24th

Scripture: Romans 13:8-10                                                                   8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 The 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.” 10 Love 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

Question: Who is it easy for you to show love to?

Who is it hard to show live for? Why?

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