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)
Does love hurt anyone? Absolutely not. In fact, love achieves everything the law requires. – (Romans 13:10, VOICE)
All of the commandments can be summed up and obeyed if we choose to do one thing with fidelity. If we love as we are loved by God, we will not do wrong to others and ultimately fulfill the requirements of God’s law. This is far more easily said than done, as love is a choice that we must make, again and again and again. It is easy to give love when love is given to us, but an entirely different challenge when we must choose love in spite of what comes our way. Though there are times that it is seemingly impossible to choose to love, when we seek the Lord and His strength, we find grace and compassion that can only come from Him and are able to love as He loves in the most trying of circumstances. May we ever pursue our Provider in every situation and circumstance, so that we may love without doing wrong to others, just as we are loved by Him.
Love does not choose hurt,
Nor try to do harm;
Instead love gives grace,
Is faithful and warm.
As we choose to love,
By grace we achieve;
What God’s laws require,
Good given, received.
So in everything,
Let love be our choice;
For love multiplies,
Reason to rejoice.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we choose love above all else in what we do and say, we are fulfilling that which You require us to do. Forgive us for the times that we have chosen anything other than love. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would seek Your wisdom and strength as to how we are called to love others best in every circumstance. Show us how to love as You love us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek Your strength to love like You. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
The joy of the Lord is your strength. – Nehemiah 8:10