September 3

Romans 13:8-10

“Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” vs. 8

Jesus had but one commandment for his followers, to love one another as he had loved them. Paul echoes that sentiment as he closes out his closely argued letter to the Christians in Rome. “All you need is love,” he says, in full agreement with The Beatles, and if they did, they would have fulfilled the entire law. Of course that little prescription is much easier said than done. For one thing, loving in the Jesus way, is a lot more than having warm, fuzzy, or even erotic feelings about another person. Paul devoted a whole chapter to it when he wrote to the folks in Corinth where he says, “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.” This is how we are to treat one another, no exceptions, and our lives and relationships are transformed when we can actually pull it off. Words and acts of love when accompanied by warm smiles melt hardened hearts and provide a seedbed for reconciliation and growth. Paul actually says that we owe love to one another, it’s the price we pay for being children of grace. And it has to be more than words! Without generous deeds our loving words are meaningless tweets!

Thought for the Day: When is loving hardest for me?

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