Love Fulfills God’s Requirements (Romans 13 cont'd)

8 Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. 9 For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.”[a] These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 10 Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.
11 This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. 13 Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. 14 Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.

I love when the Pharisee’s ask Jesus what the most important commandments were. They were trying to trip up Jesus and get him into trouble, yet His response blew them away (as it usually did). All of the commandments can be summed up in two important principles: Loving God and Loving People. If you are doing those two things, then you are not lying, cheating, stealing, coveting, murdering, etc.

It’s interesting to me that Paul writing this thousands of years ago was urging the Christians of the day to get right with Jesus and to stop sinning because the end was closer than they think. Well, thousands of years later, all of those individuals he initially wrote to have been long gone. But really, it doesn’t matter when Jesus comes again. We are not guaranteed that we will live to see tomorrow, so our time may truly be short and regardless, I should live my life as though it would end tomorrow.

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