The debt of love…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Romans 13:8-14

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one 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 covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.

The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Fulfilling the law = one requirement; to love our neighbor.  Our actions, our thoughts, our words are driven by love for others not by self-love and selfish demands.  The focus is outward not inward.  Looking to Christ, we shift from thinking as a child who believes they are the hub of their universe.  We shift to thinking as one changed and renewed with the mind of Christ whose focus was always outward toward God and mankind.  He did the will of his father, he heard and was led by the Spirit and his ministry was to others, showing by example what he meant by ‘love your neighbor.’  The way to live has been set before us through his example and his words.  We are granted salvation because we believe he is the son of God, he died once and for all time for our sins and we receive redemption as a result.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.

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