Friday, May 12, 2023

Galatians 5:14

For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Scripture Insights

Many of us grew up knowing the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It seemed much easier said than done, and whenever I did
do it, the “doing” back to me usually was not as good as I thought it should be. Looking back, I’m discovering how selfish I was because all I did was think about what I wanted in return and not how I should truly be treating the other person.

Today’s scripture assumes we already love ourselves in the sense that we know how we want to be treated. Paul instructs the Galatians to take the focus off themselves and turn it toward others. He emphasizes that they need to know that loving neighbor as self can only be done when we have and follow the Holy Spirit. Having the Holy Spirit allows us to do what we can’t do on our own and changes our focus from ourselves to others.

Today’s Prayer

Lord, our desire is to honor you—not only in how we treat ourselves but in how we treat others. Help us to be so aware of your Holy Spirit that it becomes second nature for us to love our neighbors just as easily as we love ourselves.

Prayer Journal Reflections

Reflect on blessing our communities in the church in Canada and the United States.

—Cassandra Trotman
Local Minister, Orlando Metro West Church of the Nazarene

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