Galatians 5:1, 13-25 Love your Neighbor JUMC 20130630


1 For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. 13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14 For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another. 16 Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. [NRSV]

We have heard it for our entire life, and again through Vacation Bible School this year, yet again. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.

There is a purpose and reason to why we are to be so neighborly.

It is the very reason Christ died and was raised into life,

Caring for someone the way we want to be loved, trusted, respected, and love…  describes the character and nature of the relationship Christ died and lives to provide.

Verse 19 describes how neighbors might treat and related to one another, but this is not what Christ calls nor is it how we want to be treated.

The skinny is to just do it, be a neighbor wherever Christ sends us.


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