Let Love Lead
… In Our Relationships – Part VII
Scripture Reading: Romans 13:8-14
Key Verse: Romans 13:10
Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.
If you were to stand before God today and give an account of your life, what would be the top question in your mind? For me, I would want to know that I did all that God wanted of me with the one life He gave me!
Today’s Key Verse speaks of fulfilling the requirements of God’s law. One word provides the answer: “love”! God’s kind of love does no wrong to others and fulfills the requirements of God’s law.
We can do wrong to others in two different ways.
First, we can do wrong to others even though we did not mean to and perhaps had no idea that we did.
We usually call these “misunderstandings” or “human mistakes”. These things fall into the category of unintentional sins for which God does not hold us accountable. God does expect us to apologize to those we hurt when we realize it. So, Romans 13:10 does not refer to the wrongs that we do without intent.
Second, we can allow frustrations or anger to say or do wrongs to others on purpose. God knows the difference between intentional and unintentional wrongs. He certainly holds us accountable for intentional wrongs we do to others.
It is possible for us to be true Christ-followers and have a lapse of self-control and do wrong to someone intentionally. However, as we grow in our relationship with Christ and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, these intentional wrongs grow fewer and farther apart.
The Bible also reminds us:
“If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.” (Matthew 5:46-47)
When a Christ-follower sees a person in need, the Holy Spirit may direct us to act in love. God does not point out every needy person such that we feel a deep conviction to do something. A loving person can feel guilt for not helping every person who has their hand out. However, that is different from the Holy Spirit’s leading to act.
Father, I want to act when You want me to help another person. Help me to know when you are nudging me to do this. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.