Verse of the Day 6-18-21

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”-Galatians 5:13-14

It would appear at first glance that Paul is quoting Jesus, but in actuality Paul is quoting a passage from Leviticus. Tucked within the various laws that God gave Moses to give to the people of Israel in the book of Leviticus is one that often times gets over looked and sums up the entirety of what the purpose of all the Laws that God gave the people of Israel. And that passage says this: “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.”(Leviticus 19:18 NIV). Paul because of his training as a Pharisee would have been the Law backwards and forwards, and because of his training as Pharisee he would have believed, before his encounter with Jesus, that every part of the Law must be obeyed to the letter and without question. But after his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus Paul became a changed man. Paul viewed the Law differently than he had prior to his encounter with the saving grace of Jesus. He finally understood that a person could never be saved or live the life of freedom that we are intended to live by simply following a bunch of rules and regulations, most of which by this time had not even come from God. He understood, for the first time, that everything in the Law pointed towards one thing and that one thing was God’s love for humanity, and because of God’s love for us we should in turn show love towards others. If you are looking for freedom from the burdens of man made religion, then remember this: all God asks for is that you love him with everything you have and that you love other’s in the same way that you love yourself.

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