Tuesday, March 14

My ongoing debt

Scripture: Romans 13

Romans 13:8–10 Owe no one anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not covet,” (and if there is any other commandment) are summed up in this, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Observation

Paul repeats the teaching of Jesus that to love one another is the fulfillment of the law. It is the one thing we owe each other—our ongoing debt. When we love one another, all other debts or obligations are fulfilled. Love does no wrong to a neighbor. This is the negative way of saying that love does good (not bad), benefits (not harms). Love is doing what is best for another no matter what it costs you.

 

Application

Today I am teaching pastors, church staff and leaders. Some I will know; most I will not. This means LOTS of conversations today. In each encounter, I want to love my neighbor, to do what is best for them. This is my ongoing debt—to love others as God has loved me. And God has been so good to me, far better than I deserve. 

Prayer: Lord I love you. This is pretty basic, and yet difficult because of my selfishness. Help me to love others today, to get beyond myself and do what is best for them. Use me to benefit them and let every word, every action be motivated by love—a commitment to do what is best for them. 

More: Numbers 27-28, Psalm 31, Matthew 14