Romans 13:8 (NIV)
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.
While we fall short of perfectly loving others, Jesus Christ is our righteousness who fulfilled the law on our behalf.
- Paul emphasizes the important expressions of genuine love, such as mutual devotion, enthusiastic spiritual service, hopeful joy and persistent prayer, even in the face of suffering.
- He urges the Roman believers not to take vengeance into their own hands, but to “overcome evil with good.”
- Paul encourages the Roman believers to protect their testimony and the effectiveness of the Roman Church in the Gospel mission.
- The foundation for loving others consists first of personally experiencing God’s love through Jesus Christ.
- Receiving the gracious gift of eternal life means owing a debt of love to all people, payable out of the unlimited overflow of God’s personal love to oneself.
- Obedience to God’s Word means demonstrating biblical love which seeks the highest good for others.
- The measure of our love for others is whether we love them as we love ourselves.
- Difficulty in loving others often stems from the fact that self-sacrifice or self-denial is a prerequisite.
- Paul gets very specific about what love looks like. Check out 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.