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Love For Neighbor Fulfills All Of God's Law

The Bible says all of God's law is fulfilled if you love your neighbor as yourself.
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       For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, "You shall love your
       neighbor as yourself." (Galatians 5:14 RSV)
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It's that simple. That's God's law, according to the Bible. All other requirements for personal behavior are preempted by this one rule: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Now, there are many other things that God also wants you to do. And these are spelled out in the Bible. But all of these other things are subordinate to this one rule: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

You can fall short and sin in other matters, but God overlooks these shortcomings if you truly love your neighbor as you love yourself.

      "Above all hold unfailing your love for one another, since love
       covers a multitude of sins." (1 Peter 4:8 RSV)

Or you can follow every other rule in the Bible, and still fail if you do not love your neighbor as you love yourself. This is what happened to the Pharisees in the Old Testament. They kept all the rules, but missed the main point of the rules, which is love.

Who, then, is our neighbor? Our neighbor is everyone else, all other people. The Bible makes this clear in The Parable Of The Good Samaritan, found in Luke 10:25-37.

The Samaritans and the Jews did not like each other very much. They lived apart and did not consider themselves to be neighbors. So by using this parable as His example, Jesus teaches us that everyone is our neighbor. Therefore, "Love your neighbor as yourself" means "Love all people as yourself," since everyone is our neighbor. Nobody is excluded.

But be careful. God is not mocked. You cannot merely pretend to love your neighbor as yourself. You must really do it. This means that in every situation, you must put the happiness and well being of the other person equal to your own. As natural humans, we find this almost impossible to do. We always keep putting ourselves first, even when we don't realize it.

This is why God gave us His Son, Jesus. If you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour, He will come into your heart and live inside you, guiding and directing you in all things. Your natural human spirit will be upgraded by His presence, transformed into something new and better. Only then, with Jesus as your Lord, will it be possible for you to truly love your neighbor as you love yourself.

But what about love for God, Himself? Didn't Jesus say that love for God is the most important thing? Yes, He did. But Jesus also taught that God accepts our love for other people as if it were love for Himself. This is shown in The Parable Of The Sheep And The Goats, found in Matthew 25:31-46. And the Bible points out that you cannot claim to love God, whom you have not seen, unless you first love your fellow man, whom you are able to see. (1 John 4:20)

So all of God's law boils down to this one thing: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." And this becomes possible only when you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour, living inside you in your heart.

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