“Your calling is to fulfill the royal law of love as given to us in this Scripture: ‘You must love and value your neighbor as you love and value yourself!’ For keeping this law is the noble way to live. But when you show prejudice you commit sin and you violate this royal law of love!” (James 2: 8-9, the Passion Translation)
Let’s delight in living nobly. Let’s remember that this dignified and honorable way of life is our true calling, our genuine purpose. This divine intention is inherent in us, and it is also what brings us the truest peace and satisfaction.
It’s easy to get caught up in the sense of “us and them” or “me and him.” It’s tempting, especially in today’s world, to feel there are those who deserve our love and those who do not. It can feel justifiable to see the “other” as different and dangerous or simply beyond our comprehension.
But this royal law of love is God’s own law, one that is both just and powerful. As we fulfill our calling, love and value others and let go of ego—of those self-centered beliefs that can include both superiority and fear—we are living nobly and richly. For to love one another provides us with plentiful opportunities to discover more of God’s blessings. We behold and appreciate those vital treasures we may have been missing, and we find out more about our true and best selves as well.
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