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This post is all about the antidote to sin. The antidote is LOVE.
How is love the antidote to sin, I hear you ask? Well, I point you to the two greatest commandments. The Pharisees tried to trap Jesus with a trick question. “Teacher,” they started, “What is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus answered with you must love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, which is the first greatest commandment. The second being love your neighbour as yourself. These accounts can be found in Matthew 22:34-40 and Mark 12:28-31. So overall, Christians are commanded to love God and love people.
But why are these two the greatest? Romans 13:8-10 (ESV) says,
“Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
Verse 10 is the major key: Love does no wrong to a neighbour. If you genuinely loved your neighbour, you wouldn’t steal from them, you wouldn’t kill them (extreme, I know), you wouldn’t cheat them. The very thought of this would make you sick. Doing wrong to your neighbour would seem like madness!
Loving God and loving people = FULFILLING THE LAW.
Loving God and loving people more will make you hate sin more. Because you love them so much, wronging them will make you hate sin. Sin hurts people. Sin hurts God. You don’t want to hurt people you love! Love is the highest calling we have. Jesus loved people like no other and we are to emulate him. I know myself I struggle with loving others as myself but I do try! Thank God prayer helps! Let’s pray for a greater capacity to love God and love people! 1John 3:18 says let’s not just say we love each other but show it with our actions! Let us demonstrate our love too.
This post inspired by the August 1st reading in the ESV MacArthur devotional Bible.