Athlete, Recognize His Presence

Read Exodus 20:12-26

Jesus summarizes the law of God in Luke 10:27 with the words:  “'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' [quoting Deuteronomy 6:5]; and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ [quoting Leviticus 19:18].”  Paul sums up the law with the latter command alone:  “'Love your neighbor as yourself'” (Galatians 5:14).  How can Paul do this?  He can sum up the law in this one command because true love for God is displayed in our love for the race of beings made in his image and likeness.  Only when we are worshipping God and filled up with his love are we able to obey the heart of the last six commands as Jesus taught them (Matthew 5:21ff.).  Paul, accordingly, is quick to point out our absolute need for Jesus and his Spirit in the verses following his summary of the law (Galatians 5:16,22-25).  

Questions for Reflection and Prayer

1. Are you recognizing God’s presence and delight in loving your neighbor?  Are you seeing love of neighbor as worship?  
2. Take time to reflect on the last six commands and, time permitting, Jesus’ brief teaching on them in Matthew 5:21ff.  How do you need the Spirit of Christ to fill and empower you to love others?

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