Hope you guys are having a great week. I woke up this morning in Bristol, Tennessee, after speaking in Virginia last night. Today I fly to Arkansas. Somehow, I have failed to ever enter the state of Arkansas. Isn’t that crazy? I grew up in the South East and somehow have never been there, so I’m excited to see you guys today.
I’ve been reading through Romans in the morning and today I read this:
Romans 13:8-10 “Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. 9 For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.”
You have one obligation to everyone you come in contact with today: Love them.
I’ve got a friend who regularly attends AA. He told me the story of a woman in his group who always says, “We’re all struggling to do God’s will. And while I sometimes struggle to know what the next right thing to do is, I can almost always tell what the next loving thing to do is.”
I love this passage in Romans because it reminds me that trying to sin less doesn’t always lead to loving more, but loving more always leads to less sinning.
So our mission today is quite clear. It’s simple, just not easy: LOVE.