Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law. – (Romans 13:10, NLT)
Love doesn’t hurt others. So, loving is the same as obeying all the law. – (Romans 13:10, ERV)
Love makes it impossible to harm another, so love fulfills all that the law requires. – (Romans 13:10, TPT)
When we choose love, we are choosing to follow and fulfill that which God requires. If we make love our priority in how we navigate our days, we are walking in obedience to His will. Love is a word that is often overused, yet it is clearly defined in God’s word. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, we are told that love does not: envy, boast, dishonor others, delight in evil, keep record of wrongs, it is not self-seeking, and it is not easily angered. On the other hand, love is: patient and kind, it always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres, rejoices with the truth and love never fails. Though some of these come more naturally than others, love is a choice. Each time that we make the choice to love, even when we would rather not, we are walking in obedience to the will of God. May we look to the Lord and His endless love to empower and equip us to go and do likewise with all whom we encounter. Let love be our motivation for all that we say and do, so that we may ever honor You.
To love is a choice,
In Christ, we’re made strong;
To love as He loves,
For love does no wrong.
Patience and kindness,
Choose hope and protect;
Won’t envy, reject.
Love won’t keep record,
Of others mistakes;
Will celebrate good,
As Love leads the way.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we choose to love, we are walking in obedience to You. Thank You that love does not hurt others, but rather it protects and builds up. Forgive us for the times that we have not chosen to love. Teach us to turn to You in trust, so that we would seek Your wisdom and strength to know how to love in at all times and in every circumstance. Show us how to love those around us in a way that protects and conveys kindness and hope. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek to love in all things and at all times, so that we may fulfill all that You require. Amen.
For the Lord your God will bless you, …and your joy will be complete. – Deuteronomy 16:15