READ: Romans 13:8-10
- Paul paraphrases (or expands on) the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:17-20. He even uses the same vocabulary as Jesus. He says love fulfills the law. When Christians love, they are doing exactly what the Law was seeking for them to do. They are living out the character of God who always seeks the good of humanity. Love does no wrong to others.
- If you look at the list of commands, they are directly from the 10 Commandments. And, they are similar to the issues that Jesus pursues in Matthew 5 as He seeks to clarify what God would have from His people. Love is that quality that always seeks for the good of others without thinking of what you might receive in return. It’s the broadest possible expression of what God has done for us, including His gift of grace in Jesus.
- As we spend the next several weeks looking at Jesus’ formatting of the law, it will appear as, “You have heard it said, but I say to you.” He will cite an expression of the Law and He will then extend it inwardly to capture the very heart. Once the heart is captured, then the actions will take care of themselves. So our first responsibility is to get our hearts in tune with God’s heart and that will enable us to see others the way God sees them.
- Reread Romans 13:8-10. Mark it in your Bible. Write the reference next to Matthew 5:17-20.
- Why is it so hard to love some people?
- How will you go about cultivating Jesus’ love for others?
PRAY: Ask God for the eyes to see others lovingly. Pray for your heart to get past the need for anything vengeful or harsh. Commit yourself to loving others, even your enemies.