Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 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, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
Food For Thought:
This is a beautiful passage of Scripture. It reminds us that the greatest commandment that God gave us was to love one another. As the Beatles would say, All You Need is Love. Unfortunately, we have watered down the concept of what love means in our culture. Love ─ true love is agape love ─ to put another person’s needs before your own. To seek the best for another person even if it means to sacrifice your own needs. To love one another is to sacrifice for another. Think of one thing that you need to give up today for someone else. It might be giving up your pride. It might be giving up some of your possessions. It might be giving up your ego. It might be giving up on being recognized.
God among us, we gather in the name of your Son to learn love for one another. Turn our feet from evil paths, our hands from shameful deeds, our minds to your wisdom, and our hearts to your grace. In your precious name we pray, Amen.