FRIDAY, JULY 8
13 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. 14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 5:13-14 (NLT)
CELEBRATING FREEDOM: OUR FREEDOM IS A GIFT; LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
Growing up in the U.S., I always thought it interesting that motorists drive on the left side of the road instead of the right in some countries. Then, when I was in England, I heard a London tour guide explain one possible reason for this law: “In the 1800s, pedestrians, as well as horse-and-carriages, used the same roads. A driver’s horsewhip would sometimes hit a passerby when a carriage was on the right side of the road. To remove this hazard, a law was passed requiring all carriages to travel on the left side of the road so the pedestrians could be kept safe.” Just as the rules of the road are for our benefit and protection, so are God’s commands. Because He loves us, He has given them to us for our benefit. (Dennis Fisher, Our Daily Bread).
God’s commands are summed up in Galatians 5:14, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” God has given us spiritual freedom to make our lives and eternity better. He has also given us spiritual freedom to improve the lives of people around us. God is love, and when we follow Him, we become loving like Him.
The power of the gospel enables us to love our neighbors well. How does our church love our neighbors well? How have you shown God’s love to your neighbors lately?
Praise God for the beauty of His love. Ask God to show you a “neighbor” you can love well today.