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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Let God Be God"

Date published: 01/06/2013
 
Romans13:8 “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.” (NIV)  
 
This verse is so radical that it demands you to rethink your relationships and your approach to people.  Do you interact with others to receive love or to give love?  Do you carry anger or love towards someone?  Do the offenses of others control your relationships or does your love for them control those relationships?  Does your hectic schedule blind you to the needs of those around you?  Are those you work with inconsequential acquaintances or opportunities to show Christ’s love?  Do those with whom you do business experience love and concern from you or are they merely people to be used?  What if you are taken advantage of or treated unfairly?  Do you owe them payback and revenge . . . or can love still make a difference?  No matter what the relationship or circumstances, God says your number one priority is to love others.  Your job is not to carry a debt of anger, revenge, hard feelings, inflicting pain on others, misunderstanding, insensitivity, and unfairness, but a “debt of love.”  Your actions and responses should allow Christ’s love to shine through you.  This type of lifestyle requires you to let go and let God be God.  The needs of others in the divine realm are more important than the needs you have.  Your natural response might scream for justice, but God says, “Justice is Mine.”  Do not allow the world’s ways to replace God’s way.  Have only “a debt of love.”  Romans 14:13 says, “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another.  Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way.”   
 
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”  (NASB)