Saturday Romans 13: 8-14

Prayer: Gracious God, keep us safe from the storms a life.  Let your word comfort us in time of trouble.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Unlovable neighbors

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, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Do you have an inconsiderate neighbor?  Our devotion writer and a friend both of examples of neighbors whom they consider inconsiderate.  They have barking dogs, loud voices, loud noises, and so forth that infringe on your quiet time.  As our devotion writer explains; “A voice so loud you can hear it acres away.”

How about the neighbor of the obviously doesn’t like you?  The one who ignores you, the one who does not say good morning?  Our devotion writer has the nerve to ask;” does God really expect us to love every neighbor as we love ourselves?  Yes.  That’s the short answer.”

10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.

Prayer: “Lord Jesus, give us patience and tolerance to love and accept our neighbors.  Amen.”

 

Romans 13:8-14

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Love for One Another

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 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, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.

An Urgent Appeal

11 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12 the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13 let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

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One Response to Saturday Romans 13: 8-14

  1. Tuck Aaker says:

    I have found over the years that the better friendship you have with your neighbors the more careful they become in not wanting to do things that might disturb you.

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