Do you hear the spirit’s whisperings as the minister preaches? Does a particular line jump out at you as he reads the scripture?
For me this week, it was this verse: “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.” As the word “debt” sunk in, I was reminded that the word implies liability, obligation, responsibility, requirement, accountability. The word feels “lawful.”
These thoughts came to mind … as I read Romans 13:10, John 13:34 – 35; and 1 John.
Today’s sermon, the spirit’s caution
Obligation to love
Obeying the command
Fulfilling the law
Demonstrating whose we are
Offering a cup of water
A shelter in time of need
A friendly hello
Loving unconditionally, sacrificially
Obligation, yes, but even more so
The only response to love received
His gift, his mercy, his love expressed
In death, resurrection, and living power!
~ Original, 2009