Friday, May 8, 2009

—Galatians 5.13–15—

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." 15 If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

Because of the awesome gift Jesus gave us through his death on the cross, there is no limit to the forgiveness we can receive. However, we must be careful not to abuse this gift by continuing to live sinfully. Even though we will be forgiven, our disobedience will keep us from growing closer to God. Not only will this cause our own spiritual lives to become stagnant, but it will also prevent others from seeing God’s love through us.

So instead of selfishly indulging our sinful nature, we should focus on showing love to others. If we show love to everyone we come across, we will be showing unsaved people the love of Jesus, and we will also be bringing strength and unity to the church. Focusing on others rather than ourselves will also bring fulfillment and spiritual growth to our own lives.

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