Pay It Forward 2/26/2018

Romans 13: 8-10

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 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.

 Do you ever think that following the Ten Commandments can be difficult? Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the idea of complying with the demands of each one? Is not having idols and not taking God’s name in vain a hardship? Is honoring thy father and mother difficult? What about not stealing? Or not committing adultery? Not envying a neighbor?

Good news! It is straightforward. We just need to …LOVE! If we could just love people, we would never hurt them.  Think about it for a second, what if every person in the world treated every other person in the world with love at all times and in every situation? How would that impact our world?

For one thing, there would be no war. No shootings. No murder. No violence. No divorce. No crime. Our homes would be happier. Our communities would be safer. Our world would be…better.

This verse reminds us of our greatest obligation to one another is to love, meaning to love everyone.  This verse says it is a continuing debt to love one another. You owe it to them to love them.  What would happen if every day, every person you met, you just loved? This includes the person that cuts you off in traffic, the coworker who rubs you the wrong way, the rude cashier at the gas station, the person who has wronged you, and your enemies. Everyone means every single person.

Jesus gives us the power to love. You can act in love to all people and at all times. Think and act out love this week.  Show some love to a stranger, a co-worker, a family member, a friend, a neighbor, a cashier, and see how it not only blesses them but you, as well. After all, you owe it to them!

-Kristie Milby

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