RUNNING ON EMPTY
We read in Romans 13:8-10 (NKJV): “Owe no one anything except to love one another… For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
One of the greatest marks of a true disciple of Christ is his or her love for God and for people. We are commanded not only to love the good and gentle but also those who are harsh. We are to love those who treat us unfairly or even gossip about us behind our back. We have to keep our love tank filled in order to emanate the nature of God. You cannot control how people choose to conduct themselves but you can control how you respond to them.
The commandment to love your neighbor as yourself sums up the whole law. The Word of God has simplified it for us all. Love does no harm to anyone. If people wrong us in any way, that does not justify us doing wrong to them. So how do we keep our love tank filled? By starving the flesh and nourishing our spirit. In verse 14, we are instructed to put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh… Every time a person rehearses the wrong that was done to them, they are making provision for the flesh. As believers, we have to be diligent to cast down vain imaginations lest our love walk be contaminated with the poison of bitterness.
When we choose to keep God’s word, the love of God is perfected in us. God gives us the strength and the courage to walk in love and reflect the character of His Son Jesus. Walking in love guarantees a life of Triumph regardless of whatever adversity a person faces. It brings glory to our Father in heaven and bears witness of His goodness and enduring mercy.
[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]
Daily Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 11 & 12; Proverbs 6