God gave the Israelites a set of commandments.
- You shall have no other gods before Me.
- You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
- You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.
In Matthew 22 Jesus is asked what is the greatest commandment in the law. His response is found in Matthew 22:37-40.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (KJV)
On these two commandments hang ALL the law…
Now let’s take a look at Romans chapter thirteen.
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 13:8-10, KJV)
The Amplified says it this way:
…he who loves his neighbor [who practices loving others] has fulfilled the Law… (Romans 13:8)
[All commandments] …are summed up in the single command, You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself. (Romans 13:9)
…love meets all the requirements and is the fulfilling of the Law. (Romans 13:10)
Now there is a lot of mention of law in there. And many may be saying, “What about grace?” I’m so glad you asked 🙂
It’s because of His grace that we are now able to love like He loves. I like what one of the pastors at our church said, “In the Old Testament they did the works to get saved. In the New Testament they were saved so they could do the works.”
Romans 5:5 tells us that His love, HIS love, has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. That’s grace. And because of His grace we can love like He loves.
Also, First John 4:19 tells us that “We love him, because he first loved us.” Or some translations point out that the word him is not in the original text which would then read, “We love, because He first loved us.”
All this brings me to the scripture that inspired me to write this morning. It is found in the 90th Psalm.
Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love. (Psalm 90:14, NASB)
I read this scripture this morning and thought about how important it is to sit with Him every morning letting Him tell you of His love.
Do I take time to meet my Good Shepherd each day, letting Him tell me of His love…? (footnote to Song of Solomon 2:13 in the Amplified Bible)
You see the only time we find it difficult to love others, is when we don’t know how much He loves us. His love for us sets us free to love others unconditionally.
I always say if you find yourself being impatient and unkind towards others, or not believing the best of them, get away with God and let Him love on you and tell you of His love through His word. Let Him satisfy you with His unfailing love each morning through prayer, through sitting with Him, through the communion table, through His Word and you will find yourself free to love others.
It’s when we fear loss that we fear loving others in their weakness, but His perfected love sets us free from all fear (1 John 4:18).
Let Him satisfy you today and every day with His unfailing love! Then walk out the rest of your day with absolute freedom to love others unconditionally!
(Recommended scriptures. I feed on these quite regularly. Enjoy and be satisfied! Is 53:5; Is 49:15-16; John 20:25, 27; Is 38:17, Amp; Psalm 103:2-4; Jer 31:3; Luke 7:37-39, 48; Rom 5:8; John 3:16-17, Amp; John 15:9; John 15:16; John 16:27; John 17:23; Rom 5:5; Rom 8:32; Rom 8:35; Rom 8:38-39; 1 Cor 8:1; 1 Cor 12:31; 1 Cor 13:8; 1 Cor 13:13; 2 Cor 5:14, Message; Gal 5:6; Eph 1:4, Message; Eph 2:4; Eph 3:17-19; Eph 4:15; Eph 5:25; Col 1:13; 1 Thess 3:12; 1 Thess 4:9; 1 Pet 4:8; 1 Jn 2:5; 1 Jn 2:10; 1 Jn 3:1; 1 Jn 4:9; 1 Jn 4:10; 1 Jn 4:16-19; 1 Jn 4:19, NIV; 2 Jn 6; Jude 1:21)