Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love
one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, 'Do
not commit adultery,' 'Do not murder,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not covet,' and whatever
other commandment there may, are all summed up in this one rule: 'Love your neighbor as
yourself.' Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the
Why would the apostle of grace (Paul) be talking so much about the
law? He is simply telling us that, if we love people the way that Jesus does, we will
not do the things that the law prohibits. This leads us to the question: What is love?
Most Christians, when asked this question, will quote John 3:16 but that is not the
definition of our love as that verse speaks of God's love for us. The answer to the
question is found in 1
John 3:16 where we see that, for us, love is a sacrifice as we put the wants and
needs of others above our own. This is only possible through the power of God as the
Holy Spirit dwells in us and that is why Paul would be bringing up the law. He used the
law to demonstrate the need for God's gift of salvation (grace).