8Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9The 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.” 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:8-10
Our society has become increasingly hostile. It seems everything is based on “us vs. them” with no discussion in between. There seems to be no attempt at understanding the other person’s point of view because it must be wrong. This is not just a political thing, rather it goes across all of society, including the faith.
Yet here is Paul, a man known to argue his point without mixing words, writing to the church about the basic commandment, love. We are to love one another with servant love (from the Greek, Agape), the love that carried Jesus to the cross.
Could you imagine our nation if our politicians loved this way? Could you imagine our business culture if executives loved this way? Could you imagine our neighborhoods if everyone loved this way?
As you begin a new week, try to find a way to express servant love to someone – especially if they disagree with you on some topic.