“Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.” (Romans 13:8-10)
The Book of Roman demonstrates Apostle Paul’s legal mind for understanding the broad scope of the gospel in his letter to the Romans. And the one of basic understanding that he establishes to the Romans, is that all human beings are sinners. However, it is through his strategic reasoning that he explains how the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and the belief of the forgiveness of sins through Christ, is a way to gain new life in the Holy Spirit. And so what we see here is logical reasoning at its finest.
In his argument, Paul establishes that Love fulfills the requirements of God’s Law because Love does no wrong to others. He proves this by showing how sins such as adultery, murder, stealing, coveting etc does wrong to others. If God’s Commandments says to not commit these sins, then it implicitly shows that these sins does wrong to others. Therefore God Commandments equates to Love because Love (or Loving thy neighbor as yourself) “does no wrong to others.”
So owe nothing to anyone except for the obligation for loving others. Loving others does not do wrong to others and it fulfills God’s Commandments: do not commit acts that will harm others!
- Weekly Spiritual Digest: Endure So Your Faith Will Be Stronger (princesdailyjournal.com)