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Apr
15

To Love or To Not Sin?

Love Fulfills God’s Requirements

Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.”  These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.

11 This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. 13 Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. 14 Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires. – Romans 13:8-14

In the last half of Romans 13, Paul wonderfully sums up what being a Christian is all about – love.  When we love God and we love others (Matthew 22:36-40), we’ll keep the requirements of God’s Law.  How?  Because when we perfectly love God, we won’t sin against Him.  When we perfectly love our neighbor as ourselves, we won’t sin against them.  I really think that we put the emphasis on the wrong things in our Christian walk.  We worry so much about not sinning that we forget to focus on loving God and others.  We live our lives with a negative emphasis instead of a positive one.  Worry over sin is self-focused, but living a life of love focuses on God and others.  Do you see the difference?  Instead of turning our sight inward, it is much better to turn our sight outward and focus on love.  When we truly become people of love, we will find ourselves sinning less and less.  May your day be filled with so much of God’s love today that it overflows and pours out into those around you!
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