“Never Enough” ( Deuteronomy 13: 4, ESV ) by Carley Evans

“You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him.” (Deuteronomy 13:4 ESV)

Hold fast to God.

Obey His voice.

Walk after Him.

Fear Him.

Keep His commandments.

Serve Him.

I notice there are no negatives in Moses’ exhortation. Each suggestion is a positive statement of action. My favorite is “hold fast to Him.”

God is the anchor in my life. He keeps me in place, so to speak. If I drift in one direction — one which does not please Him, He pulls me back to center. I rely on Him. I trust Him.

I am in awe — in holy fear — of Him, of course. He is all-powerful, all-knowing. Yet my fear is tempered by my knowledge that He is all-loving as well. His justice is true. His wrath is satisfied. I need not fear to the point of dread of Him. For, He is my anchor in all things.

His voice is in His Word. I keep His Word in my mind at all times. I refresh my soul, spirit, heart in His Word every day, several times a day. I walk after Him which implies He is in front of me, leading the way. If I go the wrong direction, again He is my anchor and I hold fast to Him. I trust He pulls me back to center.

Keeping His commandments — what are His commandments? To love Him above all else and to love Him completely, with my entire being. And, to love others as I love myself. Only through Him am I able to obey.

Serving Him — Never enough.

“Love Fulfills The Law” (Romans 13: 8, HCSB) by Carley Evans

Jesus says, “Don’t assume that I am come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I am not come to destroy but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5: 18)

And Paul writes, “Do not owe anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”

Paul reiterates that the “big ten” commandments not to murder, not to commit adultery, not to covet are fulfilled by loving others. And, he adds: “and whatever other commandment.” (Romans 13: 9)

“Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13: 10)

Jesus is love; He perfectly fulfills the law.

“Therefore, let us no longer criticize one another. Instead decide never to put a stumbling block or pitfall in your brother’s way.” (Romans 14: 13)

“So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.” (Romans 14: 19)

“Each one of us must please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” (Romans 15: 2)

“Therefore, accept one another, just as the Messiah accepts you, to the glory of God.” (Romans 15: 7)