Listening to the Word
“…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.”