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The Kingdom Law of Love

Scripture reading for June 2nd: Romans 14, Psalm 110, Proverbs 17

Romans 14:15-19 “For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.”

God’s people are governed in His kingdom by the law of love. The central focus is not rules about foods, eating or drinking, or not eating or not drinking. We must all respect our brothers and sisters and their current growth and understanding. Mature believers should limit their liberties to help the younger believers. God’s kingdom rule is one of love and righteousness through faith in Jesus. As we rest in Jesus, we have peace with God and with those around us in HIs kingdom. This promotes joyful living and friendship with God and others.

Psalm 110:1-3 “The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool.” The Lord sends forth from Zion Your mighty scepter. Ride in the midst of Your enemies. Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of Your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of your youth will be yours.”

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for Your rule of righteousness, peace and joy coming from faith in Your Word and grace through Jesus Christ. Your scepter is one of righteousness! I give myself to You freely to be filled with Your Spirit and love for my brothers and sisters. Make me sensitive to their needs and growth in faith (or the lack of it); that I may love them properly, bring peace, and build them up.

Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

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Loving others at all times!

Scripture reading for July 16th: 1st Corinthians 8, Psalm 141, Proverbs 17

Key Scriptures:  1st Corinthians 8:9-13 “But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.  For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols?  And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died.  Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.  Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.”

Christ Jesus delivers us from bondage to the Law and gives us His law of love.  We are to love God fully and love our neighbor as our very self.  Paul taught what this looked life for him in the culture of idolatry he lived in.  He was free in Christ to eat anything, but did not want to cause any new believer or potential believer to stumble and return to idolatry.  He limited his ‘rights’ and ‘freedoms’ in Christ for the sake of the salvation of others.  This is love in action as the Holy Spirit leads.

Faith Confession:  I can limit my liberty in Christ as the Holy Spirit directs in order to help weaker believers or potential converts.  Help me today to love others as You do in this time and culture.

Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity.”  

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