Romans 13:9-14 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].
“If you love me keep my commandments.” John 14:15
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
It is because we have faith in God that we choose to obey His will for our lives and it is because we love Him that we choose to follow His commandments. Although Paul has summarized the fulfillment of the law as loving thy neighbor as thyself and so does Christ, really look into this meaning. Read Romans 13:9-14. God reveals the answer to us in His word. All of the commandments tie into one, for if we love our neighbors as ourselves then there is no need to steal, no need to commit adultery, no need to kill, no need to bear false witness, all because we claim to love one another. So this is why God tells us to love, to reflect His image and His character. For God is love. 1 John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Thanks for reading and remember God loves you.
Author: Rebecca Cenatus