Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
We can live from relationship or religion but relationship is better. We can by guided by love or law but love is better, because love fulfills the law.
For this, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
(a) You shall not… Paul recites some of the Ten Commandments to remind us that the law he is referring to is the law of Moses. See entry for The Law.
(b) Summed up. The whole law is fulfilled in what James called the royal law (see entry for Jas. 2:8).
(c) Love your neighbor. This law, which comes from the law of Moses (Lev. 19:18), was quoted by Jesus more than once (Matt. 19:19, 22:31, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27).
(d) As yourself. Under the old covenant, you provided the love and whatever else was needed to fulfil the law. But in the new covenant, we are able to love others because of the love we have from God (see entry for John 13:34). Under the old, you were the supply, but in the new, God supplies all our needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Php. 4:19).
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
If the love of Christ is in your heart, you will have no problem loving your neighbor, and if you love your neighbor you are not going to murder him, steal his wife, or covet his donkey. This is why James called this the royal law (Jas. 2:8). It is the king of laws because loving others fulfils all the other laws (Rom. 13:8).
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