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Argue the Case for Christian Love…
“Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” To love another is to fulfill the law. Sounds simple enough, but then, love is not so simple, is it. Love here is not to be understood in a romantic way. It is not a Valentine’s Day kind of love that the Apostle is talking about here. No, the only kind of love that can fulfill the law is the kind of love that Jesus modeled. It is a self-sacrificing, faithful commitment to all others, even when it is hard to love them. The kind of love that fulfills the law of God is much more than the cultural examples of love that are so commonly presented to us. This love has no ego in it. There is no selfishness, or self-concern in it. When Christian love directs all of our moral decisions, the law of God enters into all of our familial relations, it charges us with a love for the sanctity of life from conception to natural death, it honors, promotes and protects the security of personal property. At the political level, Christian love anticipates the purpose and effect of legislation and composes it with absolute concern for the common good, not for political gain of any kind. As Paul goes on to say, the commandments argue the case for Christian love. A Christian who loves another, as Christ has loved him or her, would never commit adultery, or murder, or steal, or covet another’s goods. The love that Paul is talking about here can be summed up by this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law” (verses 9-10). The…