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Loving our neighbor

by | Sep 21, 2021 | Genuine Hope | 0 comments

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.

Romans 13:8-10

Love one another. In the passage above, Paul focuses on four of the commandments that deal with our relationships with others. If I love my wife and care for my family and my Christian friends, then I will not commit adultery. If I value the lives of others, I will love and not murder. (Remember Jesus said that hate for your brother equals murder). If I am content, I will not be jealous and covet what gifts or blessings others have and I will not steal.

When Paul tells us that “love does no wrong to a neighbor” he is reminding us that we are to always do good to our neighbor(s). What does it mean to do no wrong to someone else?

Another commandment Paul did not refer to in the passage above related to our interactions with others is “you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16). The command refers to a false testimony in a legal proceeding, but we should always be truthful in every situation, right?

Telling the truth is one thing, being willing to speak up when someone is in danger is something else. In his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul wrote that we should speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).

Truly loving your neighbor, requires all of the above.

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