Love Like You Love Yourself

 Reading today from Romans 13:8-14.

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 
You know, I just read this line and it made me stop and think.  You see I just read a blog post from a gal about how we need to teach our children about wise credit card debt.  And then I read this post "Owe no one anything EXCEPT to love each other".    And it's like wow!  How do you owe love to each other?  Or is it that if we are going to owe someone's BECAUSE of our love for each other??  Which is it?   I don't know, but I have to say, it makes me think about what my attitude toward how I feel about others matters.   For instance, I don't like being in debt. I would rather pay cash and wait for something than to pay with a cheque or credit card.   It's part of who I am... so to be in debt because of my love for someone... That would be huge.   So is my love for others huge?

For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
These verses follow up the first eh?   Don't do all these things.. why?  Cause if you do them you aren't showing love for your neighbour.  You aren't showing them that you love them as much as you love yourself.

Think about it.

If you love your annoying neighbour as much as you love yourself..would you act or think differently toward them?   If you loved the man holding up a sign on the street corner as much as you loved yourself... would you be checking to see if he has expense headphones or good footwear before giving anything to him?   If you loved your boss as much as you loved yourself, would it change how you worked for him/her?   If you loved your spouse as much as you love yourself... what would change in your relationship?

Now that's a telling one eh?  At least for me it is...makes me think about how I act with my hubby... I don't always treat him in that self-loving way.   :(  So much room for improvement.
11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
See something you already know.  It's time to wake up!  Salvation is at hand, so act like it!     Stop acting like it isn't, and act like you truly love the Lord Jesus Christ, live to gratify the Lord Jesus Christ, not the temporary desires of the flesh.  

What say you?

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  1. Ooh - excellent thoughts today to start me off right. Loving others to the point that it is a burden or debt to me. Wonderful challenge.


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