Fulfilling the Law


Romans 13: 8, 9


“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law,” Romans 13:8.




Most of us enter into a contract with a finance company or bank when buying a new car or house, agreeing to make monthly payments. It is such a happy relief when we make the last payment on the purchase. The obligation (lawful contract) is satisfied. Even more satisfying is when we complete the contract ahead of schedule.


The Law had many “laws” that must be completed or fulfilled. The Jews were obligated to do their best to follow the Law. The Pharisees and other religious elite persons added extra details (their own interpretation) to the Mosaic Law. To their surprise, Jesus exposed all their extra details and simplified the Law down to two. They are love God and love your neighbor (Matt. 22:37-40).


Think of all the marriages that could have been and could be saved if the two adults practiced these two simple commands to love God and their spouse. How about all the church splits that could have been avoided if her members practiced love God and their fellow members? We could fulfill the whole Law with one word—Love. Love God, our neighbors, spouses, fellow church members and unbelievers so much that we are willing to put them first and our own preferences second.




Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love Is the fulfilling of the law ( Rom. 13:10).


Beverly Barnett




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