Words from the Heart for Monday February 10th, 2020
The [ten] commandments … and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Romans 13:9-10 (NIV)
The Fulfillment of the Law
Quite a few Canadians may be breaking the law without knowing it. For example, according to the Criminal Code of Canada, it is illegal to “fraudulently pretend to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration” or to tell fortunes for payment. And in Toronto, it is illegal to hold more than two garage sales a year. You’ll be fined $5,000 for setting up a perpetual garage sale.
When I was young, I loved memorizing all the short verses of the Bible, like John 11:35 – Jesus wept, and 1 John 4:8 – God is love. It was only as I got older that I realized the importance of these verses. There is nothing as simple as God is love, and nothing more profound. It is the heart of our faith and the foundation of Christianity. Theologian Karl Barth was once asked what the most profound theological truth was. He replied, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Jesus taught this, and Paul the apostle writes about the implication of this in Romans 13:9-10: “The [ten] commandments … and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” Love does not harm a neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” Because God is love, we who are His people are called to love as He loves. There is no choice for those of us who have experienced His love – we must love others. That’s our call for today – let’s put it into practice in the life of someone we meet today.
These have been words from the heart.