Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
People want to feel fulfilled with their lives. Many times conducting job interviews or interviewing people who want to come down and serve as missionaries, I asked them why they want to subject themselves to this torturous heat, ridiculously long hours, poor infrastructure, and basically a thankless job. The answer inevitably is that they are looking for fulfillment. People want to have a fulfilling life.
You can only have a fulfilling life by completing (fulfilling) the law of Christ.
So many people are about the law, but it has really very little to do with whatJesus was here to teach us and what He was actually saying. The law was therules and regulations set in place by God to show us we needed Jesus. That there was no way anyone could complete the law, and that we all needed a savior.
The Bible in Romans 3:10 says NO ONE IS RIGHTEOUS, NO NOT ONE.
Not your priest or pastor. Not Mother Theresa of Calcutta, not even the real St. Paul (who wrote Romans). Only Jesus is Righteous, and we are righteous thru his shed blood when we put our faith in the finished work of Calvary.
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Three words, Fulfill, law and neighbour.
Fulfill is an interesting word, but as it applies the law is even more interesting. The biggest question is, just who is our neighbour?
(1) Fulfill –
To do, perform, or obey (complete a task or order, for example); carry out.
(2) Law –
the principles and regulations established in a community by some authority and applicable to its people, whether in the form of legislation or of custom and policies recognized and enforced by judicial decision.
(3) Neighbor –
Someone who lives close by.
Fulfilling the Law. Most people think that fulfilling the law means to complete a checklist of do’s and don’ts.
Social media is great. I am often shocked and saddened to see however that Christians choose to emphasize the law in their post more than the love that is the main message of the Bible. Those that have been forgiven the most, lovethe most. The message of the Gospel is love, not law. The good news is that Jesus’ love for us freed us from the curse and condemnation of the law. Law is never good news, especially seeing how Jesus was the only one who never broke it while living on this planet. Love is always good news.
We are to complete the law (FULFILL). When we have completed the law, we will know that because we love others unconditionally. We are to love our neighbor as ourselves. I know we give ourselves a lot more slack than we do with our neighbors.
People try to rationalize this saying that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. I don’t know anyone that really does so, especially being that theneighbor is anyone who lives on this planet. We try to justify our ‘lack of love‘ by asking Jesus…
And who is my neighbor?
Jesus went on to tell about the story of the Good Samaritan. Samaritan’s btw were considered a false cult in the time of Jesus.
Love our neighbors. That’s what He said. Love doesn’t let people suffer. Lovedoesn’t let children suffer. true love, loves the people that aren’t like us, that can’t benefit us if we help them.
Children in Nicaragua need our love. Thanks for those of you who do lovethese little guys.