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Loving the Law - Arrival Series [7-19-20]

Updated: Aug 25, 2020

Here what Paul says in Romans 13:8-10:

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

"Owe no one anything, except to love." What is it called when you owe someone something? Right…a debt. How is love a debt? How does it relate to love for God? And how does this relate to John 15:12:

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."

How does the kind of love God creates in us bring Him glory? This is especially important in light of current upheavals by non-Biblical social analysis that ignores the basic truth of sinful human hearts. Systems and institutions aren't the problem…it's the unconverted hearts of the people in those institutions and systems. We're going to look at the bigger picture. How does the kind of love God creates in us bring Him glory?

First, how is love a debt?

As Paul says in verse 8, "Owe no one anything, except to love each other." So, first of all, as we saw last week, every debt you pay…including the IRS…let it be an act of love. We can do that, right? Don't compartmentalize love…I love my family, my close friends, my church, those kinds of things…love isn't segmented from other areas and acts of your life. As 1 Corinthians 16:14 reminds us, let everything be done in love. Pay everything in love.

So, the big question is, how did we get in this debt of love? Your mortgage, car payment, student loan payment, you know how you got in that debt. Even deeper, how did it become a debt that we love our enemies? That's a more challenging debt of love we owe.