Love, fulfill the law (Romans 13:10)

"Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." - Romans 13:10

Just take a minute and imagine what it would be like to fulfill the law. If you can't pull that off then imagine what it would be like to actually love people (you know, like selflessly, like a child, unabashedly, and always without fault).

It's pretty much impossible because we're so flawed.

That said, I'm thinking about how when I wrong my wife. However I do it, be it saying something mean or doing something stupid, it is almost never (I might dare even say it is never - but not quite) purposefully. I never think to myself, "You know, this will really rub my wife wrong, I'm going to say it just to make her angry." I just say something stupid, poorly thought out, and even more poorly worded. Then I hurt my wife and try to dig myself, making things worse and worse.

I love my wife, but my love is so imperfect, and so even in my striving for love I'm hurting the one I love the most; let alone how often I do this to friends or acquaintances or my literal neighbor.

And yet we're called to love "because He first loved us," which isn't a bad deal. Trust me, God is getting the short end of that bargain.

This is why we all need the Lord at the center of all our relationships, with our spouse, our kids, our friends, and our neighbors. Because we're too incompetent to do it on our own. We WILL hurt people, breaking the law. But love washed with Jesus' blood and understanding of this (by both parties) is how we maintain meaningful relationships. It's the ONLY way we maintain relationships.

So go forth. Love. Fulfill the law. Leaning on the Lord to wash your love because even our love stinks.

(p.s. Notice the subtle difference between "follow the law" and
"fulfill the law." in words its small, but in practice it's great)