“The commandments, Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal; do not covet; and any other commandment, are summed up by this commandment: Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13:9-10)
Looking back over what I’ve read in Romans this last week, there was SO many wonderful passages. But this is one that stood out to me, because it spoke to specific situations I was watching unfold, in which good-hearted, well-intentioned people were using their feelings to justify the condoning of sin.
There’s a lot of confusion out there about the meaning of the word “love”. There’s confusion about what “love your neighbor as yourself” means. Many people, riding on the wave of their own personal subjective emotions, conclude that loving one another means that feelings (“love”) trump “the law” (by which we mean what God clearly states in His Word as right or wrong). But here, it’s clearly stated: love does not cancel out the law, nor does the law negate the command to love. Instead, they walk hand in hand to FULFILL each other.
If you’re reading along with me, were there any verses that specifically spoke to you this last week?