Love is the fulfilling of the law – Romans 13:10

Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. -Romans 13:10

Meditation:  One of the biggest revelations in the New Testament is the supremacy of love.  It would be easy to say that duty or faith are supreme, but according to the living word, Jesus Christ, love of God and love of neighbor surpass all other virtues.  
You may say, “That is obvious.  Of course love is the most important virtue.”  But let me remind you that you were likely raised in a culture deeply influenced by Christian values.  It has not always been so.  In fact, in many places even today, love is less important than conformity, loyalty, and an unquestioning duty.  Love is considered a luxury.

Jesus turned all this upside down, or rather He turned it right side up.  Jesus taught that His disciples are to love until it hurts.  Leaving us an example of love at any price, the Lord taught us to be self-sacrificing, giving our time, resources, and gifts to glorify God through service to others.  

Paul taught the Romans to love your neighbor in imitation of the Lord knowing that in loving one another, we would both fulfill the moral law of God and our higher purpose.  Ultimately this passage and various statements by Jesus Christ demonstrate that the Laws were merely guidelines showing us how to love.

Call To Action:  Read Matthew 25:31-46.  See how the Lord shows the supremacy of love in action.  The faithful servant loves others, feeding them and providing for their needs as would their master.  Do you want to be like Jesus Christ, love others better than they deserve.  Treat them as you would want to be treated and fulfill the Law of Christ (Galatians 6:2).

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