Love Fulfills the Law
8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 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.
LOVE MY NEIGHBOR
By: Charles Stanley
The second part of Jesus’ love command is to love my neighbor as I love myself. At another point, Jesus takes our requirement for loving one another to another level. He says, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:12-13). Loving our brothers just got harder. The standard of loving my neighbor as I love myself is a high standard but not as high as the standard of laying our lives down for our friends, an allusion to the sacrificial death of Jesus on our behalf.
How can I describe what that kind of love for my fellow man looks like?
The priority love to my fellow-man shows up in my relationship with my parents, ouch! Any of us who have lived through being a teenager probably have offenses toward our parents we would rather forget. But the kind of love Jesus describes honors our parents first.
Love for my fellow man is always redemptive. When I am offended I never become angry and throw insults around about the stupid idiot who just mistreated me. I will never murder someone, literally or figuratively, no matter how severely I have been offended or injured.
Love will always honor the sanctity of my marriage. I will never allow anything to break the covenant bond I have with my wife. Love will always honor the sanctity of my friends’ marriage. It is a holy thing. No matter how hot my friend’s wife may be, she is not mine and my heart will not desire her. With this kind of love, I will never commit adultery, even in my heart.
This Jesus kind of love will make every effort to earn, save and grow my wealth and do what I can to assist others to do the same. It will look out for the welfare of all of those around me. I will never allow a friend or neighbor to be taken advantage of so their wealth is unjustly taken from them.
Jesus love will always attempt to protect the reputation of my friends and neighbors. It will not receive gossip and other forms of fake news as if they were true.
This Jesus love penetrates even to the depth of my heart and makes me content with what I have and who I am. This love produces in me great contentment and peace and never desires what others have.
Those six paragraphs describe the six of the ten commandments that deal with our human relationships. Love looks good, doesn’t it?
Love Fulfills The Law
From: Grace To You
We want to take some time in the Word of God tonight, so let me encourage you to open your Bible, if you will, to Romans chapter 13. We’re looking at verses 8 to 10. The title of this particular section is: The Key to Obedience. Or I suppose another way to approach it is: Love Fulfills the Law. Romans 13:8 to 10 says this: “Owe no man anything, but to love one another, for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill,Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not covet, and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to its neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.”
Now, as we noted in our last study of this particular text, in which we began to take a look at these verses, one of the results of justification, one of the results of salvation, one of the results of being made right with God is a new and unique relationship to society and that is a relationship of love. “A new commandment I give unto you” – Jesus said in John 13:34 – “that you love one another. By this will all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love one for another.” The distinguishing mark, as we know, then, of a Christian is love. “It is love that not only distinctively marks a Christian but that fulfills the law,” says the apostle Paul.
Now, in this brief passage, I pointed out to you that there are three features of Christian love,discussed the debt of love, the discharge of love, and the design of love. We began last time by looking at the debt of love. Verse 8 says, “Owe no man anything but to love one another.” Now remember, the statement, “Owe no man anything,” is a bridge from the prior section. In verses 6 and 7, he’s been talking about paying your taxes, which you owe the government. And you are to pay your taxes. That is a debt. He bridges from there to the point about love by simply saying,“Owe no man anything but love.” In other words, pay all your debts, and the one debt you’ll always pay and never really have paid is the debt of love.
By: Joe Stowell
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” Hebrews 4:16
When I was a little boy growing up in Hackensack, New Jersey, I would often fall asleep listening to my little radio. One of my favorite shows was “Big Joe’s Happiness Exchange,” beamed to my bedside from the heart of nearby New York City. The program always began with a deep, mellow voice saying, “Have no fear, Big Joe is here,” and then to the best of my memory he would sing something like . . .
Somebody cares about you and worries till the sun comes shining through!
Somebody cares if you sleep well at night
If your days go all wrong or if your day has gone right..
Then people from all over the city would call in to talk to Big Joe. With an understanding and quieting spirit he would listen and encourage those who were hurting and lonely. If they had material needs, other people would call in to offer help. It was love, grace, and mercy in action. And there was something really comforting about it, even to my little soul as I fell asleep.
I’ve always been glad that Jesus offers us comfort and help like that.
Even more caring than Big Joe and much more capable to meet our needs, Jesus desires to be personally involved in our lives, to grant peace to our anxious souls, and to supply all our needs. Not limited to a one-hour call-in program, our God is “an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). And, when our troubles are so complex and overwhelming that we don’t even know what to ask for, we are assured that “the Spirit helps us in our weakness,” praying for us “with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26). He promises that God will meet all of our needs “according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19) and that He “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20)! And just when you think you are down for the count, He assures you that you are not destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:9) and that nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:31-39)!
Knowing that He is there “24/7” is great news!
I loved Big Joe as a kid. As an adult, I love Jesus even more! What comfort and strength to know that He is ready and waiting to supply mercy and grace in our time of need.
Have no fear—Jesus is here!