In this week’s lectionary epistle text, Paul echoes Jesus when he says that the commandments can be summed up in the phrase “Love your neighbor as yourself.” He also notes that “love does no wrong to a neighbor” -- and therefore is a fulfillment of the law. But for Paul, love is much more than an ill-defined emotion... it’s exemplified by our actions. And as team member Beth Herrinton-Hodge points out in this installment of The Immediate Word, we’ve seen the very definition of love in action in many of the responses to the historic flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.