One Obligation

Hope you guys are having a great week. I woke up this morning in Bristol, Tennessee, after speaking in Virginia last night. Today I fly to Arkansas. Somehow, I have failed to ever enter the state of Arkansas. Isn’t that crazy?  I grew up in the South East and somehow have never been there, so I’m excited to see you guys today.

I’ve been reading through Romans in the morning and today I read this:

Romans 13:8-10 “Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. 9 For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.”

You have one obligation to everyone you come in contact with today: Love them.

I’ve got a friend who regularly attends AA. He told me the story of a woman in his group who always says, “We’re all struggling to do God’s will. And while I sometimes struggle to know what the next right thing to do is, I can almost always tell what the next loving thing to do is.”

I love this passage in Romans because it reminds me that trying to sin less doesn’t always lead to loving more, but loving more always leads to less sinning.

So our mission today is quite clear. It’s simple, just not easy: LOVE.

6 Responses to “One Obligation”

  1. diane1230 says:

    Welcome to Arkansas! I live in Little Rock… I love my state!

  2. Chris says:

    Thanks for the great reminder. It is so easy for us to make the Christian life overly complex, usually when we use culture as our lens rather than the Bible.

  3. Well stated.
    Thank you for the reminder.
    In all we do we are required to love, so that is a good navigation device.
    Thank you Sir.

    K, bye

  4. Nathan Hov says:

    I like how an attempt to sin less will not lead to love. Yet the opposite of this will lead to less sin. We all want to be clean don’t we?

  5. Emily says:

    First, I loved this post. Then, I mulled it over more.
    Now, it is so confusing to me!
    I keep hearing there is nothing you can do to sanctify yourself, no action you can take other than “pressing in” to God. (I listen to Chandler a lot) The love of his law will change you… I feel like I understand the general theme of what you’re going for here, but it’s so confusing to someone like me who wants a ‘check list’ to be a Christian. And, how do we know that our idea of a “loving thing” to do isn’t skewed by our own darkness? I don’t mean for this to come across as mean or hateful, I am just genuinely trying to reconcile my own unending cycle of sin, and after so many years in the church and even the ministry, I can’t get it together. I can decide I’m going to be “loving” to people, but it doesn’t stick. Does anyone else feel this way?

  6. Love more and judge less would make life more lovely indeed.

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