Day Four: The Strategy of Love

Romans 13:8-9 (NLT) 8 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. 9 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.”

“In 1520 Martin Luther, the great Reformer in Germany, wrote a treatise called “The Freedom of the Christian.” He began it with this paradox:

A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none.
A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all.

Then he explained:
These two theses seem to contradict each other . . . [But] both are Paul’s own statements, who says in 1 Corinthians 9:19, “For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all,” and in Romans 13:8, “Owe no one anything, except to love one another.” Love, by its very nature, is ready to serve and be subject to him who is loved. So Paul’s strategy is love. It’s exactly what he said in Galatians 5:13, “You were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Use your liberty to love by serving … That’s what Paul—and Jesus—mean by love. [Piper, John (1996). “Becoming All Things to All Men to Save Some”]

Let’s begin to love and serve one another in prayer today. As you worship with the song, “Fierce” (click here), pray over three people today who are in your missional group. Pray that God’s fierce love would chase them down and seek them out.

-AK

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