Congruity: a point of agreement
“Listen, Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is One. Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart.”
“Do not take revenge or bear a grudge against members of your community but love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.”
One of the scribes approached. When he heard them debating and saw that Jesus answered them well, he asked Him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”
“This is the most important,” Jesus answered:
“Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Then the scribe said to Him, “You are right, Teacher! You have correctly said that He is One, and there is no one else except Him. And to love Him with all your heart, with all your understanding, and with all your strength, and to love your neigbor as yourself, is far more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
When Jesus saw that he answered intelligently, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.“ And no one dared to question Him any longer.
Romans 13: 8-14
Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments:
You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not covet,
and if there is any other commandment – all are summed up by this: You shall love your neighbor as Yourself.
Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law.
Besides this, knowing the time, it is already the hour for you to wake up from sleep, for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is nearly over, and the day light is near, so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk with decency, as in the daylight: not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no plans to satisfy the fleshly desires.
Do you still need help seeing this clearly?
Love God, love others.
Do things that show that you believe these two things to be the greatest way to live life regardless of your situation, circumstances, culture, family upbringing, past relationships, (supply your own excuse but just recognize it for what it is – an excuse). In other words, find out whether you truly believe what you tell yourself and others that you do. Test your faith.
I leave you with this:
“So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is G0d who is working in you, enabling you, both to will and to act for His good purpose.” Philippines 2:12-13