Words from the Heart for Saturday January 25th, 2020

Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.

Romans 13:8 (NLT)

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Love Your Neighbour

Canada is a country occupying most of northern North America, but you might be surprised to know that it has a couple of European neighbours. The second largest country in the world, Canada is bordered by Alaska on the west, and by 12 other US states of the continental United States on the south. Europe shows up as a neighbour because Canada shares maritime borders with Greenland (an autonomous territory of Denmark) and Saint Pierre and Miquelon, islands which belongs to France.

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There is a TV series on a crime channel called ‘Fear Thy Neighbour’. Each episode deals with neighbours whose relationship completely falls apart and usually ends in violence and often murder. In every case, if one of the neighbours had put into place the kingdom principles that Jesus taught, and the apostles supported, things would have ended very differently. In Romans 13:8, Paul writes, “Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.” The call to love our neighbour is common in Scripture. God longs for the highest of His creation to get along with each other. Jesus died to offset all that the original sin of Adam and Eve had unleashed on the world. That not only affected our relationship with God, but with each other as well. And so, Jesus taught Kingdom principles that, if put into practice, will lead to harmony with others. I love how practical Paul’s advice is – owe nothing to anyone. Don’t give someone else any opportunity to want to pay us back for some debt we owe. How can you build a harmonious relationship with someone today?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley