Romans 13:8 KJV
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Strength, bravado, assertiveness, independence, wit, charisma, wealth, health, fitness, intelligence, attractiveness, position, control, and rugged individualism, are the streams that make up our collective ethos as a nation. When I meditate on our culture, I am often left perplexed when comparing it to the Christ-culture in the Bible.
I too know what if feels like to believe that we are somehow better, smarter, stronger and more attractive than others. This is the way of the world, but we are of Christ and citizens of Heaven. (Philippians 3:20)
Everyone who has truly accepted Jesucristo as Lord and Savior has become part of a distinct nation (1 Peter 2:9), whose foundational ethos is self-sacrificing love. Fair enough, but why foster mutual love for one another based on a sense of indebtedness? Shouldn't we just love freely?
I am reminded of a saying: "Familiarity breeds contempt." Our sinful condition is such that we are in need of continual memorials and remembrances lest we forget all Christ has done for us. Since we can't repay Christ, we remain indebted to his will . . . and His will is that we love one another sacrificially. (John 13:34-35)
But how do we foster a sense of obligation to love one another? Simple. Treat other Christians as you would respect and honor leaders over you. Romans 12:10 (NASB) says: "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor." Our Christian obligation is to treat one another with deference; humble submission and respect. How else can we repay the Lord for our salvation than by sincerely loving those with whom we share the body of Christ?
My main goal as an ambassador of Christ is to be an example of what it means to foster a sense of indebtedness to love with humble submission and respect. If I can be successful in this one thing, then I would have truly fulfilled my mission. Pray that I remain indebted. God bless you!