8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” y and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.Romans 13:8-10 NIV
Thank You for Your word that shows me what You are like and how You want me to live. I ask that you will show me today how I am falling short in loving my neighbor, whether it is in my actions or in who I see as my neighbor. In these difficult times especially, I ask that You will help me to see even those with whom I disagree as my neighbors who are created in Your image. You call me to love them. That love isn’t necessarily an emotion, but rather in my actions that put their needs and well-being ahead of my own wants and desires. Transform my heart that I may feel that loving emotion; in the meantime, though, work in and through me, enabling me to show Your love regardless of how I feel. I ask all of this in Your Son’s name, the one who died for me while I was still Your enemy. Amen.
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