8 Pay everything you owe. But you can never pay back all the love you owe each other. Those who love others have done everything the law requires. 9 Here are some commandments to think about. “Do not commit adultery.” “Do not commit murder.” “Do not steal.” “Do not want what belongs to others.” ( These and other commandments are all included in one rule. Here’s what it is. “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” 10 Love does not harm its neighbor. So love does everything the law requires.
I love how the laws of “you shall not this” and “you shall not that” are summed up and turned into one simple and positive statement: Love your neighbour as yourself. The negative is turned into a positive; the don’ts are turned into a proactive DO! Love is the fulfilment of the law.
I find this is especially helpful to remember when someone has done something unkind to me and I am tempted to try and get back at them in some way. Love does no harm to a neighbour. I can choose to just let it go, and let grace and forgiveness cover whatever has been done to me.
I actually found this hardest when my kids were younger and would come home from school upset because someone had been mean to them. My natural human response was to think of some way to get back at the kid who had hurt my kid. But thankfully I knew a better way – God’s way of love and forgiveness and was able to teach that to my kids as well.
If everyone lived like that, imagine how different this world would be. God give us the grace to be different and to love like You love.
Written by Shelley Witt