So often, we like to make faith complicated. We can deal with grand theologies or believes. We can struggle with the questions that we don’t understand. We can feel paralyzed by mysteries that are so deep. We can just be overwhelmed by issues of faith sometimes. Sometimes to the point that we just don’t know what to do.
That’s why I like it to be simple. And you know what? It can be. I’ll tell you part of what I’ve learned about faith. It’s really not all that complicated, most times. It can just be hard to do, sometimes.
What do I mean? Listen to what it says today in 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.
Paul today basically pares it all down. Own nothing to anyone, except to love them. All the commandments, all the law, everything, it is summed up by that one simple command. Love. If you love, you will fulfill the commandments. You won’t steal, you won’t murder, you won’t do all these things.
Love keeps the commandments. That’s actually simple to understand.
It’s just hard to do. It’s hard to love, hard to forgive, hard to do these things. And I can’t do them.
But, Christ through me can. So, ironically, if I want to keep this command, the command that matters, the command of love, the first thing I’ve got to do is draw my heart closer to God. Because only through the power of the Spirit can I love.
It’s not complicated to understand this. On our own, it’s just hard. But, through the power of Christ within us, all things are possible! We can do it! We can love! We can. We can keep the heart of the law.
As we do that, may we make a difference for Jesus with all that we do.
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