Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8 CSB
“The Law,” also known as the law of Moses, is found in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The Law, given to Moses by God, including the 10 commandments, was Israel’s guide to live a righteous life. A life that would please God.
Before Jesus came, the strict adherence to the law, which was mostly impossible to achieve, kept men and women from the desired closeness to God that was their Creator’s original goal. When Jesus came, He said, “Don’t think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” Matthew 5:17
With Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection, He gave to all who believe the opportunity and freedom to have that relationship with God, and Himself. This was God’s plan for all of us created in His image.
Jesus came, demonstrating for all, the fulfillment of the law by loving others; the unlovely, the sick, the blind, the diseased, the hurting, the unclean, the lowly and, yes, even the wealthy. Jesus loved others, and by His example, teaches us to love one another so that we may also fulfill the Law.
Throughout the gospels and Paul’s letters we are admonished and reminded to love and to serve. We are to love the Father and Jesus, and then love anyone and everyone, friend and foe, kind and mean, lovable and unlovable, old and young. Our primary duty is to love.
This week, examine your “love duty” to others. How are you fulfilling the law by loving others? We may not be able to compare to Jesus’ love but let us share His love with all we meet. Shine love! Let’s all fulfill our primary duty.
I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week as we love others and fulfill our primary duty for our Lord.
Blessings and love!