Awaken to Love

We are told in the scriptures to owe no one anything, except, that is, to love one another. And not just people we like and know, but people we don’t like and people we don’t know.  And this is how we do that:

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~ Romans 13:8-14 ~

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

Besides, you know the time in which we are living. It is now the hour for you to wake from sleep, for salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day draws near. So let us cast off deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the daylight, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual excess and lust, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, clothe yourselves with our Savior Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the night.

~ Romans 12:2 ~

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

~ 1 John 4:7-12 ~

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.

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