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Scripture

Romans 13:8-10

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”a] and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”b] 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Observation

Paul is writing to the Romans, teaching lessons on submission to lawful authority, love to others and to live lives of integrity.

Understanding

Lots of good stuff in this chapter.  But, of course, my favorite is the instruction on love. 😉

Verse 8 – A reminder to be debt free, EXCEPT for the debt of love.  In other words, go love on somebody!

Verse 9 – A simplification of the law.  If we operate from place of love, there is no law to remember.  If we love, we won’t commit adultery because we love our neighbor and wouldn’t want to cause pain or anyone to stumble.  If we love, we will not kill with our words or actions.  If we love, we will not take away or steal from others.  If we love, we will be happy for others instead of coveting their things.  And the list goes on so…go love on somebody!

Verse 10 – When we operate from love, we fulfill the law.  When we love God first, we obey Him not out of legalistic submission but out of desire for relationship and not wanting to be separated from Him or His love.  So love God first!     

Life Application

Love God and love others! <3

God, thank you for your love.  May I love you and love others the way you do.  Give me your eyes today.  Give me your heart today.  May I see those I encounter today through YOUR eyes! 

In your name, I pray. Amen!

– Rei

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