“If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s Law. For the commandments say, ‘You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.’ These, and other such commandments, are summed up in this one commandment: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s Law.” Romans 13:8-10 NLT
“God is Love”, John tells us. And in a world filled with hatred, God’s love shines forth like a light in the darkness. Because He first loved us, we can love. The distinguishing mark of Jesus’ disciples, by which the world will recognize us, is our love for one another.
When we love our neighbor as we love ourselves, the all the rest of the Law of God for us is kept. This is made possible by the Love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost; the love of man is not sufficient, but the Love of God conquers all. True to His promise, Jesus and His Father have sent the Holy Spirit to direct us in the Love of God. He knows when to speak, and when to remain silent; when to act, and when to remain still. And, under His direction, we can love one another; we can bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the Law of Christ.