Read: Romans 13:8-10
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, 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: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Love one another. During a time of crisis, how do we demonstrate our love to one another? Over the past week or so, I’ve noticed how some people have reacted to the needs of others – mostly in a good way. I know people who are going out of their way to care for the needs of others. People are tipping generously for meals they pick up in restaurants and picking up groceries for neighbors and friends who can’t or shouldn’t be exposed to a potential illness.
In the passage above, Paul focuses on three 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). So, when this passes (and it will), how will we continue to live out the great commandment to love God and love others.