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Through "The Basics with Beth," Beth Jones is teaching the basics of God's Word to help you live a life you love and love the life you live! 

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In the Old Testament, there were a multitude of rules and laws that had to be followed. It must’ve been a lot of work to keep track of all of the laws, and for sure it was impossible for people to not break at least one! But here’s some good news for us today...thanks to Jesus’ redemptive work through the cross, He fulfilled the whole Law for us...and now He encourages us to follow just one “law - commandment” as our priority.

In fact, the Bible calls this one guiding principle the “Royal Law” (see James 2:8). This Royal Law is all centered around LOVE. As believers, we are called to love God and to love others. Not just once or twice, but as our lifestyle. Let’s look at a couple of Scriptures that tell us more about this:

“‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?’ Jesus said to him, ‘‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.’” Matthew 22:36-40 NKJV

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35 NLT

Wow...there must be something so significant about LOVE that by living our lives with His love at the center of all we do, it covers everything else. 

>>Can you see just how far-reaching and critical this life of LOVE must be?

So, let’s take a moment to consider...what does it mean to love God will all our heart, soul and mind? We see insights into that in John 14:23-24: “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me’” (NKJV)

From this verse, we see that keeping the Word...the promises, the guidance and instruction we read in our Bible...is how we demonstrate our love for the Lord. It pleases Him to see us living by His Word -- because ultimately He knows that when we live by His Word it’s for OUR benefit!

Now let’s also look at...what does it mean to love others? Love for others is demonstrated in so many ways throughout our daily lives. It’s noticing others...taking time to be kind, say hello and ask how their day is going. It’s thinking before we act -- for example, considering if what we’re about to post, say, or share with others is going to hurt someone’s reputation, feelings, relationships and so on. 

Let’s read Romans 13:10, which gives us a great guideline to live by: “Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law” (NKJV). If something we’re about to do will cause harm to another, we should stop what we’re doing and be intentional about taking our cares, opinions, venting and concerns to the Lord instead, to get His wisdom on the situation.

I love that God has made it so simple, so basic...we need to focus on LOVE and that will keep our life centered. Yet while that’s simple, it’s not always easy. It’s not easy to be obedient in walking in love every moment of every day, but thankfully God gives us not just this command but also His strength...which is what makes this doable! Philippians 2:13 encourages us: “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (NKJV). I’m so thankful that God gives us one Royal Law to focus on...and that He also stirs up both the will (the “want to”) and the doing (through His strength)! So come on friends, we can do this! I’m cheering you on in your life of LOVE!

Say This: “Father, thank You so much for boiling all the laws down into one main commandment for me to focus on -- the law of love. Lord, I desire to show You and others love in everything I do. Thank You that You help stir up the ‘want to’ and that You also give me Your strength, so that I can walk in love each day. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”