Love is the fulfilling of the law.

god-is-loveRomans 13:7-10 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Jesus Christ came to fulfill and finish the law. But what is the fulfilling of the law? If Romans 13 is correct, the Bible says “love” is the fulfilling of the law. 1 Cor 13 tells us that we can have every other part of the law, but if we’re lacking this part of it, we are and have nothing. In this chapter’s context, Paul is talking about government officials, and those who would impose tribute, or custom. If I’m reading correctly, this chapter talks about our relationship with the unsaved, and those who live around us and above us in this present world. Again, might we take a firm stand, without condoning sin in the least, but remember what the law is all about -loving people as we love ourselves. This is how people will know we’re the children of God.

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