The debt of love…

Romans 13:8-14

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,”  “You shall not covet,”  and if  there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.  Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
We have a debt that remains after receiving Christ, that is to love one another.  All other debts are cleared.  He who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.  Christ came to fulfill the law and his love was the driving factor in enduring the cross for our salvation.  Love does no harm to its neighbor.  All the don’t(s) fall into a column of harm to someone, self or other.  When we focus on how to best show our love for one another, the list is taken care of.  Focus therefore, on what to do rather than what not to do.  “…love is the fulfillment of the law…” Take away:  Ask ourselves do we show love to those who cross our  paths, or do we show judgment and condemnation requiring a set of behaviors that love and a relationship with the Lord will correct. What is the world-view of Christians and how can we change that to show genuine love as given by the scriptures?

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