Love Rules

Romans 13:8-14 (ESV)

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.

Yesterday, we spoke about the obedience to the Laws of the government. Whether we agree with them or not, we should obey except when they are laws that are in themselves at odds with the rules to love one another. Here, Paul speaks about the fulfillment of the law. Love one another. Whatever we think about the law, we need to ask ourselves before we disregard one, if it is a law that supports or detracts from our love of ourselves and our love for others.

But love is more than mere obedience to the laws. Love fulfills the law, because it seeks to improve, not merely obey. Love calls for a conscious choice, not merely saying, "I have to do this." We need to focus on the love God has for us, and live in such a way that people will see our love for God and our love for others, as well as God’s love for us.

How will you show your love today? Maybe do something extra for someone else. Something unexpected. Think about others first.

by Virgil Stripes

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