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You Owe Me

Your first thought is probably that you don*t owe me anything. But God says that you do, especially if you are a believer. The other side of that is that I also owe you. If you are a believer I owe you love. If you are an unbeliever I owe you love and the gospel. Neutrality toward and distance from others is not love.

Romans 13:8: Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Romans 1:14: I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. 15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

If we are believers we owe it to one another and to the world to love one another.

John 13:35: By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

I once worked with a man who said: I love it when you born again Christians fight. He loved it because when we argued in his presence, it was easier for him to believe that we were not disciples of Jesus. We Christians owe it to one another to reprove, rebuke and correct one another, but we need to do those things in private or in ways that are loving.

Galatians 5:14: For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Colossians 3:14: And above all these things put on charity, (love) which is the bond of perfectness.

1 Timothy 1:5: Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

If our faith is real, we will prove it by loving others.

James 2:8: If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

John 15:12: This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.

Romans 12:10: Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Galatians 6:2: Bear ye one another*s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Ephesians 4:2: With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ*s sake hath forgiven you.

1 Thessalonians 3:12: And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: 4:9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

Hebrews 10:24: And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

1 Peter 1:22: Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

1 John 4:7: Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

James 4:17: Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Obviously, if we believers do not love others it is sin.

1 John 3:17: But whoso hath this world*s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

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