|Today’s Scripture: For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. Galatians 5:14-15|
|Our Christian liberty gives us the choice to serve God or sin. Also, our liberty gives us a choice about how we will treat others. Romans 13:10 says, “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” This is why Jesus said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
Life isn’t fair and things don’t always go our way. Sometimes others may take advantage of that and benefit when they don’t deserve it. The lazy coworker gets a promotion, or the faithful long-time employee gets laid off. When things don’t go your way and you have done everything that you were supposed to do, how do you respond in these types of situations?
Are you happy for the person who has been blessed, or do you fight tooth and nail for what you feel should have been yours? Your reaction shows your love toward that person. If we try to destroy each other, we will end up being destroyed as well. Are you willing to let go of your supposed claim to those blessings, or will you fight until you get what you want or are destroyed trying? God knows whether or not we deserved the blessing, but He allowed it to go to someone else. Will you trust God?
Another thing to remind ourselves is that we have been blessed when we didn’t deserve it as well. Life isn’t fair – thank God for it! We deserve to spend eternity in Hell, but God sent His Son to die in our place. Your neighbor or coworker may not deserve it, but show God’s love to them. Your undeserved kindness to them may be what leads them to Christ’s love.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder