The book of Romans is considered one of the most theological dense letter in the Bible, Most people turn to its pages to talk about the “-tions,” aka, justification, sanctification, glorification, predestination, etc. But the end of the book has some of the most practical applications of any of Paul’s letters.
In chapter 13:8-10, Paul summarizes the law, he say’s
8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not covet,” (and if there is any other commandment) are summed up in this, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Hopefully, this sounds really familiar, Paul isn’t saying anything new, he is simply repeating the teaching of Jesus that we see in the gospels. Paul then continues his point in verse 11,
11 And do this because we know the time, that it is already the hour for us to awake from sleep, for our salvation is now nearer than when we became believers. 12 The night has advanced toward dawn; the day is near. So then we must lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the weapons of light. 13 Let us live decently as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in discord and jealousy. 14 Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to arouse its desires.
In verse 11, Paul connects loving our neighbor to godly living. He states that t