BCL Grow: Love Each Another — Romans 13:8
Romans 13:8 (Sanctification)
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. — Romans 13:8
Question 86. Since then we are delivered from our misery, merely of grace, through Christ, without any merit of ours, why must we still do good works?
Answer: Because Christ, having redeemed and delivered us by his blood, also renews us by his Holy Spirit, after his own image; so that we may testify, by the whole of our conduct, our gratitude to God for his blessings, and that he may be praised by us; also, that every one may be assured in himself of his faith, by the fruits thereof; and that, by our godly conversation others may be gained to Christ.” — The Heidelberg Catechism, Question and Answer 86.
Steps to Take
1. Reflect: Since Christ Jesus has delivered those who believe in him from their sin and misery, how should they live? What is the role of God’s moral law in their life? What attitude should Christians have regarding obedience to God’s commands?
2. Remember: Scripture teaches that loving each other fulfills God’s law. Love for God and love for each other are what ought to motivate us. When Jesus was asked which were the greatest commandments, he declared them to be loving God and loving others (Matt. 22:35-40; Mark 12:28-34).
3. Respond: Love is the fulfillment of God’s law; therefore, consider how we treat others. Are we loving them as we would like to be loved? Are we motivated by the love God has given to us, even while we were his enemies (Rom. 5:8)? Love others; care for others; be kind and gentle; use what we say to build others up with encouragement and help. And do all from faith working through love with thankfulness.
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