March 22, 2022

Romans 13:8-10 (HCSB)  Love, Our Primary Duty 
8 Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments: Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal; do not covet; and whatever other commandment—all are summed up by this: Love your neighbor as yourself. 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law.

Joel Robertson
 I have heard it said that we all know how to love ourselves. We do not want ourselves to go hungry, we do not want ourselves to be cold, we do not want ourselves to be lonely. The love that is spoken here is the agape type of love, a self-sacrificial love. A challenge was put to me a couple of years ago that if we took this section of Romans literally and showed our next-door neighbors this type of love, we could reach our communities in no time at all. If our neighbor does evil to us, we are not to repay evil for evil. We are to love them with the sacrificial love of Christ. If your neighbor blows his leaves into your yard, rake them up with your own and take them away. If your neighbor’s house catches fire, be the first one there with a bucket of water. If your neighbor is struggling with life’s miseries, show them the hope that Christ gives you.

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