One Simple Word

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. Continue reading

One Simple Word

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. Continue reading

One Simple Word

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. Continue reading

Neighbors Help

Neighbors Help

This is a follow up to my last post.

Through the process of writing that post about the unfortunate family whose house burned to the ground I realized that I needed to do something.  I had this compelling feeling that I need to do more than just feel sympathy for that family.

Here I was writing about and chastising society for feeling bad but sitting back and letting the government or someone else take care of situation.

This was God putting into my heart to do some work.  Not to do it for any recognition or thanks by others but simply to do something for these people because it’s what we are supposed to do as human beings, a prerequisite for being human. Continue reading

Sympathy Without Action

Sympathy Without Action

(I wrote this piece about three months ago.)

Last evening I had a new experience that still gives me pause today.  I saw something in person that I have never seen before and it happened in my own neighborhood.

In the early evening I was cleaning up around the house when my wife came home from her job.  As she walked in the door she said to me “What’s on fire?”

At first I thought she was referring to one of our neighbors burning leaves or trash.  So I asked her where she saw something burning.

We went out our back door on to our deck and we could see black smoke pouring into the sky, being swept from the west to the east across the ten or fifteen homes that make up the small development that is up the street from our house. Continue reading