2 Corinthians 10:10
For some say, “Paul’s letters are demanding and forceful, but in person he is weak, and his speeches are worthless!”
It seems like it’s human nature to focus on our weakness. We often look at ourselves and only see where we fall short and mess up. Imagine if Paul had focused only on his weakness. This verse talks about Paul not being that great at giving speeches.
What if Paul had only focused on the areas he was weak in? What if he had not focused on his gifts like writing? If he did that, we might not have a lot of the New Testament.
It’s a challenge to not spend all of our time focusing on the areas we’re weak in, but rather spend our time focusing on the areas we’re strong in. Don’t let your weaknesses hold you back from doing the things that God has called you to do. If you learn to rely on God and His help, you’ll always succeed in whatever you put your hand to.
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
There would be no crime. No war. No hatred. No ethnic cleansing. No family squabbles or feuds. No identity theft. No gossip. No pornography. No anger. No jealousy. If only everyone followed one simple rule: love your neighbor as yourself.
But we don’t live in a world like that. We don’t live in homes like that. We don’t follow that one simple rule: love your neighbor as yourself. How can we? To love others perfectly in thought, word, and deed, and do them no harm, but protect, defend, and help them, we would first have to love God. Love God, the loving Father who made us and provides for us. If we fail at loving our neighbor, we fail even more at loving God.
That is one way to define sin: the failure to love God and to love our neighbor. And sin carries a penalty—an eternal penalty.
God alone shows perfect love. His love for us is full and complete and flawless. His love for us does not show favoritism. His love for us does not come and go, wax and wane, go hot and cold. His love for us does not depend on how much we love him—God simply loves us unconditionally.
In love, God sent his Son to heal the sin-torn relationship between us and him. In love, Jesus came to this world and lived the life of perfect love we couldn’t. In love, Jesus credits his perfect love for God and for neighbor to our eternal account. In love, Jesus offered himself for his fellowman—every single one of us in the entire world—on the cross. In love, God declares us forgiven of sin and free from penalty.
God’s perfect, saving love in Christ is free. But we can treat it like a debt in a sense: we can spend the rest of our lives trying to repay the debt of love to Christ by showing love to one another. Christ’s love alone saves us. Our love is our lifelong thank-you.