A Summary of the Commandments

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 neighbour as thyself.  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Romans 13:8-10

Much is made of the “law” and the “commandments.”  But Jesus here gives us a simplification of the law and the commandments.  He says that “…if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”  That is a huge simplification of the law.

We are supposed to love other people like we love ourselves.  We can say whatever we want to say, but we do love ourselves.  We love ourselves a lot.  We pamper ourselves.  We try to make ourselves as comfortable as possible.  We try to give ourselves what we want.  We always try to help ourselves in whatever way possible.

We need to love other people like that.  We go to great lengths to make sure that we are never hungry.  Do we go to the same lengths to see that others never go hungry?  We do everything we can to help ourselves.  Do we do everything we can to help others?  We work hard for ourselves and for our future.  Do we work hard for others and for their future?

How are we doing at fulfilling the law in this way?  Do we love others like we love ourselves?  If we are honest, we would probably have to say that we really don’t.  I think we all have work to do in this area.

 

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