“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3
Another way to consider your own love and faithfulness is to use the Ten Commandments as a template for wise living.
Luther’s explanations give us a wealth of perspective. Commandments 1-3 describe the wisdom of Loving God, and 4-10 show how loving our neighbor is the wise path for life. Take some time to consider your own love for God and others in light of Luther’s descriptions. If you’re human you’ll quickly realize that your love doesn’t measure up to these standards. There are times when we love ourselves more than God and when we hurt or harm the people around us daily. This realization leads us to confess that our love isn’t where it needs to be. Together we run to the cross for forgiveness!
At the cross we see Jesus’ love for us and the world. It’s a picture of the commandments being LIVED. Jesus relationship to his Father is first and foremost, and he does everything for others instead of himself. He holds his mother in love and esteem, helps the needs of others, and even speaks well of his enemies asking God to forgive them fully. In Jesus, God fulfills the commandments perfectly on our behalf. By faith in Him, we live out that love each day.