Living In Love
Read Galatians 5:13-15
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
How does loving one another fulfill all of the law?
During this series on Galatians, we have certainly established that as Christians, we are free from the law. But that doesn’t mean that we are free to act however we want. If that were true, we’d all be acting in our own self-interests, and we’d leave a sea of hurt people in our wake. We need something to guide our moral behavior, or else we will certainly destroy each other!
In Christ, the thing that should guide our behavior is love, not the law. Remember, in Matthew 22:36-40, Jesus told the Pharisees that the greatest commandment was to love God entirely, and the second greatest commandment was to love your neighbor as yourself. He said that these two commandments fulfill the rest of the law.
The law gave us dos and don’ts. It was a checklist and a manual to help us live rightly. But in Christ, we have been given a heart attitude adjustment. We don’t just do the right thing because God said we have to. We do the right thing because we care about other people. We don’t do away with the law, but rather, when we act in Christ’s love, we fulfill the law.
Romans 13:10 says, “Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is fulfilling the law.” If you love your parents, you respect and obey them. If you love people made in the image of God, you won’t murder them. If you love your spouse, you won’t commit adultery. If you love your neighbor, you won’t steal from them. If you love others, you speak the truth to them and about them. When you love and respect someone, you are not jealous of what they have, but instead, you are genuinely happy that they have been blessed.
Friends, we are free from the law in order that we may be humble servants to each other. Let’s show our neighbors the love of Christ today.
Jesus, thank You for showing me what love looks like. It looks like laying down my life to sacrificially and humbly serve those around me. Help me to fulfill this great command through your strength. Amen.