Owe No One Except Love

We owe love to one another. We are indebted to one another. We have the obligation to love one another. We are to love not only those who are good to us but even our enemies. We owe love to our enemies.

This is definitely one of the hardest things to do. To love others who are good to us or to love those who care for us is an easy feat. But, loving our enemies would take all our energy and will power to exhaustion. In our normal human will, understanding, and capacity, we just could not be able to love our enemies. And to owe them love is something so extraordinary and unthinkable. Why would we owe love to someone who hates us, who has the intention to harm us, and destroy us? Isn’t that the enemey’s intention is always of evil and wickedness? Why would we need to love them?

On the other side of the story, there is such a remarkable and glorious light that brings a great revelation to this command. Look upon the cross at Calvary and see Jesus Christ despised, rejected, shamed, and wounded for the sins of the “enemies” of God. Jesus Christ died for God’s “enemies”. He carried our sins so we could be reconciled with God. Sin makes us enemies of God.

“For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we will be saved by his life.”

– Romans 5:10 (WEB)

“You, being in past times alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil deeds, yet now he has reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and without defect and blameless before him …”

– Colossians 1:21-22 (WEB)

We have no excuse why we cannot love others or our enemies. When we surrender our life to be led by the Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, we are to fulfill His commands by loving others and that include our enemies.

“But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you, that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same?”

– Matthew 5:44-46 (WEB)

Love is the fulfillment of the law. The law refers to the commandments of God and is usually referred to as the Torah in the Old Testament. There are hundreds of laws given to Israel under their covenant with God but we are most familiar with the ten commandments given to Moses by God at Mount Sinai. As part of Israel’s covenant relationship with God, they were given laws to lead and teach them how to honor God, to protect them, and to keep them from sinning against God.

So that the law has become our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”

– Galatians 3:24 (WEB)

When Jesus Christ came, He said,

“Don’t think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn’t come to destroy, but to fulfill.”

– Matthew 5:17 (WEB)

Jesus Christ came to fulfill the law. When Jesus says love God and love your neighbors or love your enemies, He says that not to contradict the law and not even to abolish it, but to fulfill the law. All the laws God gave in the Old Testament are meant to keep His people from being harmed and to preserve the relationship between Him and His people. When Jesus Christ came, He has the same thing in mind. God’s desire for us is to live at peace with one another.

“Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.”

– Romans 13:8 (WEB)

“Love doesn’t harm a neighbor. Love therefore is the fulfillment of the law.”

– Romans 13:10 (WEB)

Our obligation to others is not to cause harm. Intending and causing harm and evil to others are not the will of God. Jesus teaches us to love others because love does no harm to others.

The conviction of a saved heart is loving God and loving people because this is the working of the Holy Spirit and not of man. When we accept Jesus in our life, we are compelled to love because God is love. We feel the pulling of His Spirit to love others. Love is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22).

“And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins.”

– 1 Peter 4:8 (WEB)

May the Spirit of God pours out love in our hearts in abundance that we are able to love sincerely, love greatly, and love to the fullest that it reaches even to our enemies. May the love of Jesus be so demonstrated that people may see our love for one another and so realize that we belong to Christ and to Him alone.

Published by Deborah Agustin

A High School Teacher who loves to write.

5 thoughts on “Owe No One Except Love

  1. What a very beautiful message! I have so many experience about this, and I praise God I passed this very difficult test in life; bless those who curse you, love them, pray for them.. Very difficult! It took me years to do dat wholeheartedly with people who really broke me into pieces, I really agree that it is only because of the Holy Spirit that I was able to dat, everyday I cry to the Lord to save me from those people. And His conviction, love them, I really cannot accept that at first and I told the Lord its very impossible. But one day as Im telling the Lord that I will commit my life to please Him all the days of my life, I was immediately reminded that loving your enemies is one of those things that would really please Him. So what I did, I prayed many times and just allow God to control my life, I was amazed and I really could not believe what I did, I just found myself, helping my enemies because God provided an opportunity for me to do dat, then another opportunity to reconcile, then another opportunity after another. Yay, I really cannot explained, He is really amazing! One day, when I heard that one of my enemies ask for forgiveness and told me that she can really say that I have Jesus in my life, my tears are uncontrollable. I love the feeling, one of the best feeling in the world! This is just of the many many great things that God made me experience that really left me in awe! Lord God you are Great! No one can compare to you!
    The line that strike me when I watch the video last night was this, Jesus is the best example for us to live like God because one day we live with Him, we must strive hard to be like Him. Thank you smch mam Deb for mentoring me spiritually! I love you! God bless the works of your hands!❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Asta io quiere mn teary eyes na tuyu story. What a testimony of Hod’s grace and love.

      Akel video, amazed io kasi este verse yan prep ya io ste to write. Then yan encounter io kel video. And I saw na same el theme na cosa io quiere mn share na blog. Amazing si Lord.

      God bless you always maam.❤️🥰🙏🏻

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