Romans 13:8-10 ESV
“Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For 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: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
Talk is cheap if it is not followed up with action. The person who says he loves God or that he is in intimate fellowship with God or that he knows God but who then continues in deliberate and habitual sin is a liar, and the truth is not in him (1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6). And the person who says to his spouse, “I love you,” and then deliberately and habitually commits adultery in his mind or via pornography or via an extra-marital affair is a liar, too.
Love is not an emotion, although our emotions are definitely involved when we love others. Love is action. It is putting action to our words. And since God is love and love comes from God, love is going to align itself with the divine character and will of God. The Scriptures teach that to love God is to obey his commandments (New Covenant). And to love others also involves obeying the Lord’s commandments. For love prefers what God prefers.
So love is unselfish, it is honest, it is trustworthy, it is faithful, it is morally pure, it is kind, it is thoughtful, it is holy, and it is righteous, in practice. And it is obedient to the Lord. Love is not devious, immoral, lying, thieving, adulterous, unfaithful, and malicious. For love does no deliberate wrong to another person. So you can’t love God or your spouse if you are being unfaithful to either one of them via continued deliberate sin against them.
Romans 13:11-14 ESV
“Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”
This is written to Christians, so not all Christians are fully spiritually awake. But this may also include those professing faith in Jesus Christ who are not spiritually awake because they never did enter into genuine relationships with God via God-given faith. The fact that this follows directly after the lesson on love and instructions on not committing sin one against another suggests that some of these believers may have been sinning against others and so this was intended for them to wake them up spiritually.
In our world today, at least here in America, many people professing faith in Jesus Christ are living in deliberate and habitual sin, many of them engaged in sexual immorality of some kind or another. So much of today’s church (or what is falsely being called “church”) has gone the way of the world and they have relaxed God’s moral standards and they are teaching a gospel absent of true biblical repentance and obedience to God and submission to Christ.
So, if a person is a Christian, why would he need to wake up from his sleep? The next sentence tells us. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. Now, if we are already saved, how can salvation be nearer to us than before? The answer to that question is in understanding what the Bible teaches on the subject of salvation. It is not a one-time shot and then that is it and we are good to go until we die and we get to go to heaven.
We are saved (past), we are being saved (present), and we will be saved (future) when Jesus Christ returns and he takes his bride to be with him, which is when our salvation will be complete. But this is PROVIDED that we continue in Christ and in obedience to him until the very end and that we do not continue in deliberate and habitual sin. For if we continue in deliberate and habitual sin, we will not inherit eternal life with God no matter what we proclaim with our lips.
[Jn 8:31-32,51; Jn 14:15-24; Jn 15:1-12; Rom 2:6-8; Gal 6:7-8; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14,24; Rom 11:17-24; Rom 13:11; 1 Co 1:18; 1 Co 15:1-2; Col 1:21-23; 2 Tim 2:10-13; Heb 3:6,14-15; Heb 5:9; Heb 9:28; 1 Pet 1:1-5; 2 Pet 1:5-11; 2 Pet 2:20-22; 2 Tim 1:8-9; Matt 7:21-23; 1 Jn 2:3-6,15-17,24-25; 1 Jn 3:4-10,24; 1 Jn 5:2-3; 2 Jn 1:6; Jas 1:21-25; Eph 4:17-24]
So, if we have believed in Jesus we are to no longer walk in sin. Sin is no longer to have mastery over our lives. Jesus Christ (God) is to be our only Lord and Master. We are not to be those who deliberately and habitually engage in sinful practices. We are not to be those who are walking in sin and who are engaged in orgies, drunkenness, sexual immorality, sensuality, quarreling (fighting), and jealousy (except for godly jealousy).
Instead we are to be those who are walking in the light as God is in the light. We are to have cast off the works of darkness, and we are daily by the Spirit to be putting to death the deeds of the flesh. And we are to be walking in faithful obedience to our Lord in doing what he says to do. And we are to be loving others with the love of God and we are not to be doing willful harm to others. And we are to make no provision for the flesh at all, leaving no doors open for willful sin, but we are to be walking by the Spirit in holiness.
He Gives Purpose
An Original Work / June 9, 2012
“Listen to Me when I’m calling to you.
Obey freely My word.
Follow Me in all of My ways.
Do all that I say.
Hear Me gently whisper to you
My will for your life and future.
Give all of your life and heart to
Follow Me always.”
Repent of your sins and worship Jesus.
He’s your Lord and Master.
He died for your sins so you could
Live with Him today.
He has a plan for your life and
He gives purpose and direction.
He gives meaning to your life,
So follow Him today.
“I love you so much I gave My life for
You to walk in My ways,
Living for Me each day as you
Bow to Me and pray.
Witness for Me of your love for Me and
Of My grace and mercy,
How I died to save you of your
Sins now and always.”