“The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not covet,’ and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.” Romans 13:9-10
We forget. We forget that, above all else, God calls us to love. It is love, in fact, that stirred an Almighty God to repair the damage done between Himself and mankind. God is love.
Oh, we want to argue. We say, “But God is also wrath!” We want to say, “But God hates sin!” The truth is, we want to give ourselves permission to be God.
Yes, God will eventually display wrath as He did many times in the Old Testament. Yes, God hates sin. We, too, should hate the very essence of sin. We are not given permission, however, to hate the sinner. We are reminded often that we are sinners. Each and every one of us.
Let’s not lose our way. Let’s not forget that we are called to faithfulness in marriage. We are commanded not to kill – even with looks, anger or feelings of hate. We are told not to steal or to even long for the possessions and relationships of our neighbors. But, through it all, we are told to love.
Where there is a presence of love, there is an absence of pride. When pride no longer exists, sin remains, but it will not thrive.