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Romans 13 : 8 - 10
October 16, 2016 The Christian Life of Love Romans 13: 8-10
Our social concerns for many in society are deepened the more we become aware of the Christian teaching in relation to human needs. The Christian cannot overlook social, political, educational, and material needs. The only acceptable attitude is that of love and caring for those in need. Much of the ministry done by Jesus was prompted by love as He encountered the various needs of humanity. How can we be an example for our faith in relation to others in need?
1 Love the Hall-mark of the Christian
This badge of honor was the one bestowed by our Lord to His disciples. We touch the world in practical ways. Love shows itself best when we are not over our head in debt to other things in life that control our lives. The scripture today says, “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another for he who loves his fellow-man has fulfilled the law.” (v 8) What the Word is saying is that the only continual debt one should have in life is the debt of love, which should be a continual blessing for the wellbeing of others. It appears we have this backwards in our modern world. We owe too many people and entities in life that have nothing to do with Christian love but rather show our own self-seeking fleshly gratifications. God says we should be free in order to share his love with others, which should be what we, as Christians are known for in life.
Are you free to love and share your life with others?
Are you in bondage because you owe too many other things in life?
What would it take for you to be free?
2 Love the Test of All Acts
In relation to Holy marriage, the sacredness of life and property and to the responsibility of living a Holy life there is a word of warning. We as the children of God are no more exempt from temptation than those who know not the Lord Jesus Christ. Within sacred relationships like marriage, family, friendships, and working relationships lay peril and danger, because human nature is the same everywhere. Too many Christians give in to worldly ways and practices and fail to understand that the Christian life is the good life, Holy unto the Lord, and should be lived with love, care, and respect for others. Read the Word carefully, “Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, and Do not covet.” (v 9) I find that people spend way too much time in the “Do Not” territories of life, which robs us of the opportunity to honor God and do the things He commands His children to do!
What is your test score in this area?
Are you known for doing the Holy things of God and loving others or for doing what you are not suppose to be doing as a child of God?
3 Love Crowns the Whole of Life
Where love reigns, the commandments and the will of God can be kept in spirit and in deed. Where love is absent, the will of God is violated both in the inner man and through evidence of outward deeds. The wholeness of the will of God is revealed and summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” (v 9&10) Think of a place where love reigns. There you will find joy beyond measure, peace that man cannot understand, hope for the hopeless, encouragement for those who are discouraged, blessings, miracles, worship, praise, salvation, and the abundant life! We owe a debt to God and that is to love Him with all our hearts and love others with all we have. Enjoy the journey and spread the love!