Romans 13:9-10 NIV 2011
The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Christ came to fulfill the Mosaic Law but the law continued to be the moral compass for God’s people. Paul reminded the Romans that for believers loving others is not a once in a lifetime event but rather a way of life. This included those outside their circle of friends and family. In Luke 10:25-36 Jesus taught when someone is in need, a believer is called to love them. Paul’s words regarding men loving their wives in Ephesians 5:33, “as he loves himself,” echo his statement regarding loving your neighbor. Believers fulfill God’s Law by loving one another.
It’s easy to love a new baby but difficult to love someone who’s lived a life of poor choices. But that is exactly what God calls us to do daily. We can never out-love God because He loves us even when we commit the same sin over and over again. Though we are narcissistic by nature that provides us the ability to love the least, the lost and the lonely. When people throw us under the bus, fulfill God’s Law by choosing to love them anyway.
How will we love others?
Loving God’s people together,