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01/17/2012

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Never Having To Say You're Sorry?


"Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellow man has fulfilled the law" (Rom.13:8)

Some of you may remember the movie from which I got my title today. "Love means never having to say you're sorry." It is uttered twice in the 1970 movie entitled Love Story. In that the author, Erich Segal was Jewish, he probably didn't read the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians very often. Love should actually spur us on to say we're sorry at the right times. The apostle Paul has written a lot about love, and in today's verse there is a slightly different twist. He sees love as the one debt that is never paid off. No matter how much people have loved, they are under obligation to keep on loving. The second part of the verse says that this love does not only extend to fellow Christians, but to our fellow man. Jesus clearly explained to us that our neighbor is anyone who is in need. The love that we show for our neighbor encompasses our social responsibilities. Love is at the very heart and soul of Christianity to the point that we have a debt that can never be completely fulfilled. "Love you neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm to its neighbor" (V 10). Love means that we will do our very best to never harm anyone else. I am sorry that this devotional is over, I will have more thoughts about love tomorrow....

Have a wonderful day...Remember that love is of God... Love mark Phil.4:11

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