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.” Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.
Insight: Rule keeping will never be as strong of a motivator as love for doing what God asks of us. And as this passage highlights, when our focus is love for people, then we don’t need to think about all the commandments and laws that we are “supposed” to follow. We simply need to focus on the command to love, because love for others is God’s highest call on our lives.
Prayer: Lord I thank you that you aren’t interested in giving me a long list of rules to follow, but your greatest concern is that I love others. As I am reminded of your great love for me, please help me to show your love today even if I’m not “feeling it.”