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One Rule

Romans 13-16

“…whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” Romans 13:9, 10

The capacity to follow Christ’s command to love our neighbor as our self is only possible when Christ’s love fills us. This kind of love is sacrificial, doesn’t harm others, and is the fulfillment of the commandments/law. The cognitive empathy required to put our self in the shoes of our neighbor as we consider the impact of our behavior and actions is at the heart of this kind of love. We don’t just consider what is good for us; we consider what is good for others. This rule doesn’t mean we no longer love and care for our self, but rather, that we also love and care for others with the same level of attention. “What would love do” becomes our constant question.

“Jesus, fill me with your love for my neighbor so that they see your presence in my life. Warn me when my words or actions bring harm to another. Thank you that you came to fulfill the law.”

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Daily Prayer Guide

J & F
“This month fifteen young adults from a Buddhist institution are coming to our city for one month of intensive teaching, covering a range of topics including the Bible. Pray for responsive hearts and for protection for those teaching and hosting. Pray for our young friend Paul; his father has sent him to a monastery to begin religious training. Pray that seeds sown in his life would bear fruit, and for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the monastery.”

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; he saved them out of their distresses. He sent his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. – Psalm 107:19-20

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