Love Your Neighbor – It’s God’s Law

Daily God Walk for Tuesday, September 13, 2011

 Love your neighbor as yourself – Matthew 22:39

 Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. – Romans 13:10


We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. – Romans 15:1-2


We talk a good bit about loving our neighbor, but we sometimes wonder what it means love them. Jesus said to love our neighbor as ourselves, and that is a pretty tall order. If we love our neighbor as ourselves does that mean we will make sure that they eat at least as good as we do? Does it mean that we will make sure their clothes are as good as ours? What does it mean?

Paul helps us understand in the two verses in our scripture reading found in Romans. He makes an interesting observation in the 13:10 passage, “Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” He is actually saying that when we love God’s way we are fulfilling the requirements of the law. If that is true then we could also conclude that we have not fulfilled God’s law if we do not love our neighbor.

In the Romans 15 passage he reminds us that when we love our neighbor we will please them rather than please ourselves. I suppose we could carry that to extreme and become servant to our neighbor in order to see that his every need is met, but would that be too far off the mark of what Paul is saying?

The idea which seems to be coming across is that we should live in such away as to be aware of those around us and their needs. All of us are limited in our resources, but we are not limited in the love of God. When we realize our responsibility to serve those whose needs are greater than our own then we tap into supernatural resources.

It might be time to do a personal inventory just to see if we really do love our neighbor as ourselves.

 Prayer: Lord, help me to submit to your love so that I will think of others first. In Jesus name, amen.

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