Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- September 14, 2012
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8
There is a debt of love owed between believers in Jesus Christ. It’s wise to be debt free, but the debt of love is never paid off. Love is a mortgage we take out to our Landlord Jesus to pay back on His behalf. It is an interest rate of integrity based on our consistent interest to love well. Indeed, love is an appreciating asset that never declines in value. We experience true riches when our wealth is measured in how well we love one another.
The job description of Jesus followers is love. The qualifications are: a child of God who regularly receives the love of their Heavenly Father—who then loves freely from the overflow of their heart. Like showering, sleeping and eating—love becomes the habit of your heart. Because gratitude grips your soul, your love for others spontaneously erupts in enthusiastic generosity. You love much, because you have been forgiven much by Jesus.
“Therefore, I [Jesus] tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Luke 7:47
The love of Christ for us, constrains us to love in Jesus’ name. His love does not harm—it heals. The Lord’s love is longsuffering, not intolerant. The love of Jesus gives joy, not ill will. God’s love goes the extra mile—it doesn’t give up. So, since your Savior has filled you by faith with His great love, you replace: hate with love, hurt with love, judgment with love, anger with love, ego with love, manipulation with love and lust with love.
Who in your life needs your unconditional love? What is their love language? Perhaps they crave affirming words, kind deeds, generous gifts, warm affection or a sense of security. Look to love others like they want to be loved, which may not be like you naturally prefer to be loved. Moreover, be open to a loved one’s love for you. Let your cold shoulder warm, receive the love of your friends and family. Your genuine love invites love from others. Therefore, love and be loved for Christ sake!
“And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:2
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me well, so I can love others well.
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