Living In Love - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Living In Love

 

November 17

 

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.

 

Reflect

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.

 

Pray

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.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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*THANKYOUJESUS*
How great was Your love which was shown to me! Lord, I thank You for teaching me about Your love so that I will never have to tick boxes to show whether or not I am obeying Your will.
God help me show love
Yes, love is the gift from God, we should love one another even to love your neihbor as yourself.
Amen... Love is greatest thing 😍
THIS IS A GREAT LESSON ON “LOVE”, THE LOVE FOR GOD AND THE LOVE FOR OTHERS. THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS ARE SO SIMPLE BUT YET SO DIFFICULT TO DO. WHEN WE PRACTICE DAILY THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS, WE THEN KNOW FOR CERTAIN THAT GOD GETS ALL THE GLORY. IN JESUS AMEN
Father in Heaven, have never to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus. Give me the strength and endurance to follow the path of Jesus and obey. Have me use my freedom in a way that is pleasing to You Lord. Following Your first two greatest commandments. Always abiding in love. In Your Son, Jesus, name I pray, Amen.
I hope and pray that our country lives and breathes by this prayer and your words of encouragement. Lord, help me to see all people through your eyes of Grace and Mercy.✝
Amen and amen
Thanks 😊
If only love could make the world go around, life, as we know it would be better. Our Savior Jesus Christ was sent to deliver many messages. Love thy neighbor as oneself is a pivotal foundation statement that Jesus wants mankind to live by. Please practice this in your daily lives.
Thank you for the message. I pray that everyone would love one another as Christ loved His church.
Thank you for this message. I pray that everyone would love one another.
Thanks Pastor Nat for reminding me today what "true love" really is in Christ Jesus. "Love is action".
The fruit of the Holy Spirit in us is summed up “but the greatest of these is love.” Love is the goal of all good and righteous acts. It motivates us to care for others. Thank you Jesus for first loving us. Amen
Thank you God and thank you pastor Nat and. Amem
Thanks Pastor Nat for the great visual of what genuine love looks like. May we be encouraged to follow His example.
In the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he will begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as He has declared to His servants the prophets (Revelation 10:7). The following Bible verses show that we are in GOD [we dwell in GOD], and GOD is in us [GOD dwells in us]. Jesus Christ said, Believe Me, that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me, (John 14:11a). “I am in the Father” = my Spirit/soul abides in GOD manifest as my physical body, and “The Father is in me” = the Holy Spirit of GOD our Father abides in my physical body with my Spirit. Whoever confesses that Jesus Christ is the Son of GOD, “GOD abides in him” and “he in GOD” (1 John 4:15). “GOD abides in him” (the Holy Spirit of GOD is in our body with Us, as the Holy Spirit is in Jesus Christ), and “he in GOD” (we dwell in GOD in that our earthen body is a physical manifestation of GOD our Father.) By Jesus’ prayer, we see why we have this relationship with GOD our Father through Jesus Christ. Jesus prayed, "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me (John 17:20-21). Those who believe in Jesus Christ have the same relationship with GOD our Father as Jesus, we are one. He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17). GOD the Father is in Jesus, and Jesus is in us. In the name of the Lord Jesus,.........may GOD bless