Loving One Another

Owe no man any things, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

Romans 13:8

In this verse, we find an interesting truth – “…he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.”  We are told over and over again in the Scripture that we are to be loving people.  We are to love other Christians.  We are to love those who are not Christians.  We are even to love our enemies.  But what does it mean to love another?

I think that, to simplify things as much as possible, we can say this: “love means doing right to/by ____.”  When we love someone, we are going to do right to them and by them.  That means different things for different people.  I am going to love my wife by doing right to her and by her.  I am going to love my friends and co-workers by doing right to them and by them.  I am going to love my neighbors by doing right to them and by them.  I am going to love the stranger I pass on the street by doing right by them and to them.

We love our parents by honoring and obeying them.  We love our children by teaching them and training them in the way of the Lord.  We love our friends and family by being honest with them, praying for them and helping them.  We may love people in slightly different ways, but we love them all by doing what we are supposed to do for them and to them.

That kind of love is, in the words of this verse, fulfilling the law.  That kind of love is what we should be striving for as Christians.  How are we doing at loving people?

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks , Ben, for showing us how love may be worked out a little differently for each one that we love. God bless you!

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