For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Galatians 5:14 (NIV)
Love is a very important part of fulfilling our purpose. After all, it is God’s love through Jesus Christ that GIVES us purpose. Love has to be our priority. We have to take the time to focus our attention on what it means to love those around us on a daily basis. If we’re truly honest, this can be easier said than done. So often times, we don’t even realize that we’ve put our schedules or our priorities before others. Sometimes, we even put our own pain and hurt before others. If you’ve ever had your heart broken or you’ve ever been taken advantage of, it can become hard to open up your heart. Instead of freely loving others, you put up walls just so you can try to avoid being hurt or getting taken advantage of again. As a result, you can end up becoming so focused on protecting yourself from getting hurt that you overlook those around you. But that’s not how we are to live as followers of Christ. We are not live in that kind of fear. Through Him, there is freedom to live a life where you are free to “love your neighbor as yourself.” And the beautiful thing about it is that you are not meant to do it alone. As we see in today’s passage in Galatians 5, now that we have a relationship with Christ, we are to walk in the Spirit. He is the one who strengthens us and guides us when we feel like we’re too broken to love others or too busy or too tired. This is what God wants you to know! You are not meant to do this alone.
In the Old Testament, this Word of God comes as beautiful, comforting truth to the prophet Zechariah in regards to Zerubbabel rebuilding the temple: “Your strength and prowess will not be enough to finish My temple, but My Spirit will be.” (Zechariah 4:6). So no matter how weak or tired you feel at times, don’t give up on loving others. Through His spirit, God will work through you so that you can love like Jesus. So make the time to love others because even when you don’t feel like you can do it, God is the One who will make it possible for you to do so!
Biblical Context + Further Reading: Galatians 5:13-26
DAILY CHALLENGE: Make time to love your neighbor today!