“Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. 9 For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.” Romans 13:8-10
I often ask myself, my husband, my mom, my friends, my virtual groups how to handle certain people or situations. How should I handle the needy child who shows up to church and wants to sit with me every week? How should I handle the woman with cancer who is struggling with worry? How should I handle the deacon’s wife who is gossiping and spreading rumors about me? How should I handle the elderly man who makes comments to visitors that turns them off to our church? How should I handle the friend whose feelings are hurt over a small matter? How should I handle the lady who only calls me to ask for money?
There are a myriad of answers that seem to make sense…most of which probably would not end well for me or my husband’s ministry…so when I came across this verse I decided to memorize it. When dealing with people the answer is always LOVE. That may mean speaking the truth in love or showing love to the unlovable or even loving your enemies. But I must remember to LOVE.