'Love is the fulfillment of the law'

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For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye not be consumed one by another. Galatians 5:14-15

Having been set free from bondage under the law, we love God and neighbor and willingly serve them. As St. Paul writes to the Romans (in Romans 13:10), “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” If we love our neighbor as we love ourselves, we will do no evil to our neighbor. The same is also true in regard to God. If we love Him, we will have no other gods, we will worship and honor His name and we will gladly hear and learn His Word.

O gracious and merciful God, Thou hast freed me from the curse and condemnation of the law in Christ Jesus. Grant that I, in return, truly love Thee and my neighbor and gladly and willingly obey Thy commandments. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the 21st Century King James Version (KJ21) Copyright © 1994 by Deuel Enterprises, Inc.]

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