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.”

Galatians 5:13-14 NIV

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The Entire Law – Love

According to Canada’s Department of Justice: “The law affects nearly every aspect of our lives every day. We have laws to deal with crimes like robbery and murder. And we have laws that govern activities like driving a car, getting a job, and getting married. Laws give us rules of conduct that protect everyone’s rights. The rule of law, freedom under the law, democratic principles, and respect for others form the foundations of Canada’s legal heritage. Every Canadian should understand the law, and the ideas and principles behind it.”

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We often think of the law in a negative sense – it keeps us bound and prevents us from living any way we want. There seems to be an increasing number of those called freemen, who refuse to be bound by statute law unless they consent to those laws. The reality is that laws are necessary – they protect others, help us live in harmony with others, and ensure that if someone does something to harm us, they will face justice. Can you imagine, for example, what it would be like trying to drive down a street if there wasn’t a law that we must drive on the right side of the road. The first law giver was God Himself, who established the ten commandments. Jesus brought the entire law down to two – love God fully and love others as we love ourselves. The apostle Paul deals with this in Galatians 5:13-14: “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.’”

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley