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  1. Angela,
    I have often struggled with legalistic thinking…that the Bible is just one big book of “do’s and don’ts”. I get down on myself when I can’t follow all the rules to the letter of the law, but then it dawns on me…if I could follow all the rules on my own, I wouldn’t need a Savior. Jesus wouldn’t be necessary. But, because I can’t do this on my own, I am drawn into an utter dependence on the Lord and I am blessed to live under His beautiful grace. Thanks for a great post and reminder!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  2. I am a rule-follower and perfectionist at heart, so I appreciate this post. 🙂 The older I get, the more I learn to love Grace. I really like the connection you made between maturing in Grace and loving others. I want to love others like Jesus did, not in my selfish, judgmental human way. I want to look less like a Pharisee, too. 🙂

  3. Great post & reminder!! May we live by the two rules: love God with your whole heart, mind & soul & love your neighbor as yourself. And may we look less like a Pharisee & more like Him. Thank you for this post!
    Blessings,
    Joanne

  4. Thanks for the post. You stated “One sign of that maturity is loving God by loving and serving other believers.” Shouldn’t it be by serving others? Believers and non-believers?

    • Debbie,
      Yes, I do believe that we should serve believers and non-believers alike. However, this passage in Hebrews speaks specifically about serving other believers. When we serve non-believers, we do so in order to let Christ shine through us and thus draw them to Him. According to this passage of Scripture, our service to other believers is evidence of our love for God and our pursuit of spiritual maturity.
      Blessings!
      ~Angela

      • Forgot to mention…the reference to loving other believers comes before the verse I quoted in the article: Heb. 6:10 — “…how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers…”

      • Angela,

        Thank you for your reply. You are absolutely right. I am so sorry I thought you was just stating a sign of maturity I didn’t realize you were referring to the passage of Scripture. Sorry. Thanks for the post.
        Debbie

  5. I loved this post. And I have a new favorite bible verse – Luke 10:27.

    He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

  6. God seems to be really pointing me towards loving others today as this, the bible study im going through and some major life events are all about this. Way to be used by the holy spirit 🙂

  7. This is a wonderful reminder of God’s command to love each other – above all else. And He didn’t just mean other Christians, he meant everyone – our friends, our enemies, those who do good and those who do heinous evil… in fact it’s our enemies and the evil who need our love and prayers more than anyone else. Bonhoeffer has some amazing words to say on the matter 🙂 I struggle with loving others as well… but thanks be to God for His patience, grace and mercy.

    • I agree…we ARE called to love even our enemies and we are told to pray for them. And we love them in order to allow God to shine through us and draw them to Himself. However, this passage of Hebrews specifically calls us to love and care for other believers (back up from the verse I quoted to Hebrews 6:10). As we pursue spiritual maturity — a Christian walk with TRUE depth — it will display itself in how we love (serve) other believers.
      Thanks for reading!

  8. Hi Angela.. I remember you from “back in the day”… you used to play the piano at FRCC when you lived here! I was so excited to realize that you were the writer of one of my favorite (in)courage blogs I have been following! You hit the nail on the head for me almost every single blog. I have struggled with my “rule following” mentality for my entire life. It not only keeps me from loving others as I should, it also keeps me from the freedom Jesus offers through his grace! I create a tension within myself when I am into my “rule-following” mode, and that tension keeps me from relaxing in God’s grace.. AND keeps me from being an instrument of his love. Thanks for this reminder! (I am a little behind reading this week.. I work in the local school district. Enough said!) Blessings!

    • Hi, Debbie! Boy, how God has moved me since those days at FRCC!

      Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for any of the posts here at (in)Courage other than this one; I am just a guest writer. 🙂 They have an incredible staff of writers here, and I was so honored to be allowed to be their guest for a day. I do have my own blog; if you click on my name it should take you there. Otherwise you can go to http://www.myheartministry.blogspot.com to find me. Stop by for a visit sometime!

      I’m so glad you took the time to comment. It was good to hear from you!