Posts Tagged ‘Romans 13:8’

One more reminder: Love one another

February 14, 2017

John 13-34-35

It comes as no surprise that the Verse of the Day for February 14, 2017, Valentine’s Day, should remind us to “love one another”:

John 13:34-35 (NKJV):

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

This clear exhortation is repeated not only in the Gospel of John but in more than a dozen other places throughout the New Testament where believers are commanded “to love one another.”   Jesus Christ is the model, the standard of love whose demonstration of the love of God we must follow.

The Epistle of 1 John echoes the same sentiments regarding the love of God, exhorting believers, likewise to show their love to one another:

1 John 4:7-11

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

The Holman Standard Bible describes the exhortation to love in this way:

Romans 13:8

[ Love, Our Primary Duty ] Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Dr. Martin Luther King has also offered this reminder:

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day love should be the foundation upon which every relationship is built, as this poetic excerpt reminds us:

To decide, demonstrate, freely give and practice love:

The platform whereby we must build all relationships

And follow Christ’s command that we love one another.

This time Kathy Troccoli and Friends offer yet another reminder to love one another:

 

Romans 13:8–Keep out of debt

April 16, 2016

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Romans 13:8 was added to the blog entry for the Verse of the Day for yesterday, April 15, 2016, which was taken from Romans 13:6-7. As the Verse of the Day for today, the day after “Tax Day,” the truth from Romans 13:8 bears repeating. Here is an excerpt from previous posts that look at the passage from Romans 13:8-10:

The Amplified Bible offers a sure-fire strategy to “get out of debt” with this exhortation which is a restatement of Romans 13:8:

8 Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor [who practices loving others] has fulfilled the Law [relating to one’s fellowmen, meeting all its requirements].

In reflecting on that verse, we recognize “The first and great commandment: To love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” Believers are further instructed to “love your neighbor as yourself.” When we love God, first of all, and then love others to the same degree that we love ourselves, we fulfill the law of love which is the highest expression of God, who is love. Indeed, to walk in love is the more excellent way.

Romans 13:9-10 goes on to explain:

The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Listen as Bruce White offers a musical rendering of this passage called the Romans cycle from Romans 13:8-10:

This debt of love

April 15, 2016

Romans 13--6-7 2

Romans 13:6-7 (Amplified Bible):

For this same reason you pay taxes, for civil authorities are God’s servants, devoting themselves to governance. Pay to all what is due: tax to whom tax is due, customs to whom customs, respect to whom respect, honor to whom honor.

The Verse of the Day for March 15, 2016 could certainly seem to be an appropriate passage for “Tax Day” ( although this year Americans have been granted a reprieve until March 18), but if we also take a look at the next verse, we can see that exhortation is more than an encouragement to pay your taxes:

Romans 13:8 (AMP):

Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor [who practices loving others] has fulfilled the Law [relating to one’s fellowmen, meeting all its requirements].

In reflecting on that verse, we also recognize “The first and great commandment: To love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” Believers are further instructed to “love your neighbor as yourself.” When we love God, first of all, and then love others to the same degree that we love ourselves, we fulfill the law of love which is the highest expression of God, who is love.

God’s Word Translation offers this rendering of Romans 13:8:

Pay your debts as they come due. However, one debt you can never finish paying is the debt of love that you owe each other.

This phrase “the debt of love” also provides the introduction to this poem:

This Debt of Love

Owe no one anything except to love one another,

for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Romans 13:8[NKJV]

What can you give when all you have is not enough?
And when you have exhausted all your resources
And you still come up short as you assess the worth
Of the precious love so freely given to you?
When the last dram of oil from your vial has been poured
As a sacrifice and you have no more to give
But still feel this unction to offer all the more,
What more can you say beyond a feeble thank you
When words cannot convey all you desire to say?
Though you try to show Him as you follow His ways,
You still stumble from time to time and miss the mark,
But He looks beyond your faults and sees your intent.
As you live your life to serve, you will come to see
This debt of love so great that no one can repay.

Lamar Campbell and Praise express the essence of the message in song with “This Debt of Love I Owe.”

Keep out of debt and owe no man anything

November 3, 2014

Romans_13-8Not long ago, a friend shared his mother’s favorite verse, a verse that had been repeated so many times that he had also committed it to memory. Here is the King James Version of Romans 13:8:

Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

The verse brought to mind a previous blog entry which is revised and posted below:

keep out of debtThe Amplified Bible offers a sure-fire strategy to “get out of debt” with this exhortation which is a restatement of Romans 13:8:

Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor [who practices loving others] has fulfilled the Law [relating to one’s fellowmen, meeting all its requirements].

During these perilous times of increasing financial distress and utter economic upheaval, a word to the wise is “get out of debt” and “keep out of debt.” In his book, Jerrold Mundis shares principles that teach How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt, and Live Prosperously.

In reflecting on that verse, we also recognize “The first and great commandment: To love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” Believers are further instructed to “love your neighbor as yourself.” When we love God, first of all, and then love others to the same degree that we love ourselves, we fulfill the law of love which is the highest expression of God, who is love.

Romans 13:8 also provides the introduction to this poem:

This Debt of Love

Owe no one anything except to love one another,

for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Romans 13:8 [NKJV]

 

What can you give when all you have is not enough

And when you have exhausted all your resources

And you still come up short as you assess the worth

Of the precious love so freely given to you?

When the last dram of oil from your vial has been poured

As a sacrifice and you have no more to give

But still feel this unction to offer all the more,

What more can you say beyond a feeble thank you

When words cannot convey all you desire to say.

Though you try to show Him as you follow His ways,

You still stumble from time to time and miss the mark,

But He looks beyond your faults and sees your intent.

As you live your life to serve, you will come to see

This debt of love so great that no one can repay.

Lamar Campbell and Praise express the essence of the message in song with “This Debt of Love I Owe.”

Romans 13:8: Keep out of debt

April 16, 2014

Romans_13-8

During these perilous times of increasing financial distress and utter economic upheaval, a word to the wise is “get out of debt” and “keep out of debt.” Jerrold Mundis shares principles that teach How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt, and Live Prosperously.

keep out of debt

The Verse of the Day for April 16, 2014 also offers a sure-fire strategy to get out of debt. The Amplified Bible provides this exhortation which is a restatement of Romans 13:8:

Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor [who practices loving others] has fulfilled the Law [relating to one’s fellowmen, meeting all its requirements].

In reflecting on that verse, we also recognize “The first and great commandment: To love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” Believers are further instructed to “love your neighbor as yourself.” When we love God, first of all, and then love others to the same degree that we love ourselves, we fulfill the law of love which is the highest expression of God, who is love.

Lamar Campbell and Praise express the essence of the Verse of the Day in song with “This Debt of Love I Owe.”

Another reminder: Love one another

February 19, 2014

1-john-4-111 John 4:11-12

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

In thinking about the Verse of the Day for February 19, 2014, we come to realize that our relationship with one another should be a reflection of our relationship with God. We also come to recognize that God loved us so much, and He expressed or demonstrated His love in the gift of His son for us. Since He loved us so much that He gave, we should love one another and express that love toward one another. The passage from 1 John brought to mind this poem:

This Debt of Love

Owe no one anything except to love one another,

for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Romans 13:8 [NKJV]

 

What can you give when all you have is not enough

And when you have exhausted all your resources

And you still come up short as you assess the worth

Of the precious love so freely given to you?

When the last dram of oil from your vial has been poured

As a sacrifice and you have no more to give

But still feel this unction to offer all the more,

What more can you say beyond a feeble thank you

When words cannot convey all you desire to say.

Though you try to show Him as you follow His ways,

You still stumble from time to time and miss the mark,

But He looks beyond your faults and sees your intent.

As you live your life to serve, you will come to see

This debt of love so great that no one can repay.

Kathy Trocolli and friends offer another musical reminder to “Love One Another”: