Feb22SunFebruary 22, 2015
“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” (Rom 13:8 KJV)
Our focus has been given to Agape Love, God’s Unconditional Love. May the Word of God that is alive and full of power flood your heart and mind; shaping the framework of His infinite wisdom upon the human tablet of your heart and making an indelible impression on your mind, transforming you further into the image, likeness, and glory of Jesus is my prayer.
We have a debt to each other. I owe you, you owe me, and we owe each other love. How we relate to each other is important to who we are in Jesus. The emphasis is that we will not mistreat, hate, or take advantage of each other but will respect, honor or esteem one another better than we do ourselves. We have been commanded to love one another by Jesus, as He has loved us, as well as love our neighbor as ourselves.
From I Corinthians 13, we understand the nature of Agape Love which is to persevere patiently and bravely; to be mild, kind, and useful; not display hate, anger, or jealousy; not boastful of self; neither proud or puffed up; not act unbecomingly; not all about self; not easily provoked or irritated; think no evil, ill will, or worthless thoughts; won’t rejoice over injustice but will rejoice over truth; covers with silence or protection; has faith in all things; hopes and is confident in all things; has fortitude and holds fast in all things; never drops out nor is pushed out. That’s Love. The love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
According to I Timothy 1:5, the purpose of the commandment is love. Love is the end result, the intent of the law. Laws are meant to keep us from harming ourselves or others. Laws are meant for our good or should be. Laws help to maintain order in a society. We need them because of our natural demoralized debauched condition. The law is good but the law cannot save transgressors. It can only warn and condemn them.
Jesus said this, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law…I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil” (Mt 5:17 KJV). To fulfill meant to be obedient in everything the law required as well as what the Father had commanded Jesus to do. Jesus had to go to the cross – God’s punishment for sin. Jesus demonstrated God’s love for us at the cross. In fulfilling God’s law Jesus displayed God’s love. This display of love must never be forgotten, erased or omitted from society. God’s love for us being sooooo (ad infinitum o’s) great that He gave up HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON is the ONLY HOPE of salvation for any generation. No religion or cult can come close to the fact, act and display of God’s love for us in the cross of Jesus Christ. You cannot find this kind of love anywhere in the world. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (Jn 3:16 KJV)