Gospel Share: Love Renewed

“..he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, see that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men..” 1 Titus 3:5; Thessalonians 5:15

To give your neighbor his due. Jesus said “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” in Mark 12:31 i.e. His discussion of the greatest commandments with the second. Comment, Can we sin against someone we truly love? Perhaps we might momentarily sin against a loved one, but not continually. True love desires to bless and not to injure. God realized what man has come to know; knowing that justice, while necessary, can be cold and unfeeling. Refreshed adequately and enough, To do justly alone is not sufficient for a child of God; we must love mercy and do what it requires. Mercy comes from characteristics that include kindness, benevolence, and charity. Part of what mercy requires is to be willing to forgive the sins of others as God is willing to forgive our sins. It is this aspect of mercy through which our own salvation comes (Titus 3:5). Note: however that we are not to give that which is due to God to any man – neighbor or self (“love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”)

Lastly, To give to yourself what you are due. According to Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:19, we are not our own but instead our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit . So what we have coming must be tempered by what we must avoid. Paul reminds us first of all to “flee sexual immorality.” Elsewhere Paul gives us lists of characteristics to avoid and another to attain (Study Galatians 5:19-25). Shalom!

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