One Simple Word

Romans 13:8-10

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity.

Paul breaks it down to one simple word, love.

And he’s not talking about wanting to go over and boink the neighbor.

He’s talking about simply respecting another life.

King Solomon talked about the folly of pride and vanity.  Paul is taking that further.

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  By neighbor Paul means every human life, everyone is your neighbor.

It’s a simple concept but don’t confuse simple with easy.

In life, just like in music, being simple is hard.  And to “love your neighbor as yourself” is no exception.

I’ve written before about how one sin can drive you up through the chain of breaking the commandments of God, how breaking the commandment “Thou shall not covet”, takes you up the ladder of sin.

Paul is telling us follow this one law and you will fulfill all laws.

When I was a teenager I was told that the definition of love is a willingness to sacrifice your life for someone else, as Christ sacrificed his life for ours.

Now I know without hesitation I would sacrifice my life for my family, that’s an easy one for most of us.  But what about your neighbors, your next door neighbors? Or what about the family down the street, you don’t know their names but you’re tired of their dog crapping in your yard?  Would you sacrifice your life for theirs?

If you truly felt that way about everyone you would never break a commandment.

But we are human and flawed with pride and vanity.

“You shall love you neighbor as yourself.”

An easy law to understand and almost impossible to keep.

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