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Dr. June Normil
In Romans 13:8-10, Paul described love as an obligation, or a debt, then proceeded to describe what that means. Love fulfills the Law, and also affirms the words of Christ, in Luke 10:27 (note Deuteronomy 6:5). More specifically, Paul referred to several of the ten Commandments to reinforce his point. As Christians ponders these commandments, their correlatyion with love becomes obvious. Note that the final six commandments reflect the importance of this love. Such love is at the heart of the Law (Romans 13:10). Beginning inverse 11, Paul turned to the importance of living holy lives, critical in light of the nearness of the Lord's return. Christians are called to live in a way that reflects God's values and commands. As a result, the command to love is a critical part of their character and action as Christians. Paul instructed us, as Christians, that we were to demonstrate godly character, putting on the "armor of light." We are to relinquish everything associated with the darkness of sin, instead clothing ourselves in the holy character of CHrist. This means laying aside the sinful desires of our hearts in order to submit our motives, desires, and deeds to the sovereign control of Christ.
ME, YOU, AND JESUS (ROMANS 14:1-12)
SEEK PEACE, NOT CONFLICT ( ROMANS 14:13-23).
A popular song in the 1960s declared that the world around us will know we are Christians by our love. These lyrics reflected what Jesus said in John 13:35: "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." No believer should see love as optional. Instead they should view it as an obligation--a part of our identity as Christians. Think of areas where you find disagreement with other believers on nonessential matters. Allow love to guide your attitudes and actions toward them. In doing this, you will give a good testimony not only to those outside the church who watch you, but to other belivers as well.
See You In Sunday School Next Week!!!!
Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 98 Number 2 Dec. Jan. Feb. 2016-17 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil