Love Your Neighbor

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. — Romans 13:8-10.

A Christian should not have outstanding financial debts. This means that any money borrowed should be repaid by the agreed due date. The Christian’s debt is to show the love of Christ to others and to obey God’s commandments. Five of the six commandments relating to relationships with men and women are then mentioned. The only one not referred to is the fifth commandment to honour parents. This is because the passage deals primarily with relationships outside the family. All those commandments quoted are summarised under loving one’s neighbour. The practical application of love fulfils the law. But love is not just a warm feeling; it is doing what God requires, and He requires that we keep His commandments. [The Bible Panorama.]

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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