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Old 10-04-2011, 08:43 AM
 
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What does love actually do to your neighbor ?.
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:01 AM
 
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I think a better question is what does loving others do for us?

Here is the verse in its context:

8Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. 9The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,”a and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”b 10Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Loving one another, this is a debt that must be always in the paying, and yet always owing. Love is a debt. The law of God and the interest of mankind make it so. It is not a thing which we are left at liberty about, but it enjoins us, as the principle and summary of all duty owing one to another.

It is a sin not only to devise evil against your neighbor, but to withhold good from those to whom it is due; both are forbidden (Proverbs 3:27-29). This proves that love is the fulfilling of the law, answers all the end of it; for what else is that but to restrain us from evil-doing, and to constrain us to well-doing? Love is a living active principle of obedience to the whole law.
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:22 AM
 
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I think a better question is what does loving others do for us?

Here is the verse in its context:

8Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. 9The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,”a and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”b 10Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Loving one another, this is a debt that must be always in the paying, and yet always owing. Love is a debt. The law of God and the interest of mankind make it so. It is not a thing which we are left at liberty about, but it enjoins us, as the principle and summary of all duty owing one to another.

It is a sin not only to devise evil against your neighbor, but to withhold good from those to whom it is due; both are forbidden (Proverbs 3:27-29). This proves that love is the fulfilling of the law, answers all the end of it; for what else is that but to restrain us from evil-doing, and to constrain us to well-doing? Love is a living active principle of obedience to the whole law.
Agreed....but my question is,what does love actually do to your neighbor ?.
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:32 AM
 
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Love actually edifies our neighbor 1 Cor 1:8. So when we are loving our neighbor as ourselves,we are not only building up and establishing them,we are also doing the same to ourselves.
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:42 AM
 
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I think a better question is what does loving others do for us?
Why is that a better question? No offense, but that sounds a little selfish to me.

Loving our neighbor contributes to their joy, peace, and hope. I think it would likely make them a better person and make them want to show love to others - like a pay it forward attitude.
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:47 AM
 
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Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8.
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Old 10-04-2011, 11:11 AM
 
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Why is that a better question? No offense, but that sounds a little selfish to me.

Loving our neighbor contributes to their joy, peace, and hope. I think it would likely make them a better person and make them want to show love to others - like a pay it forward attitude.
Sorry! It wasn't meant to be harsh at all. I was simply trying to answer his question, based on the passage as it was stated within the entire context. I think that is the best way to try to define the meaning of any part of scripture - in its context.

The referenced verse was in regards to keeping the Law. It is about our own personal walk - in love - with Christ. Love is a debt that we pay. We are bringing upon ourselves more debt by harming our neighbor.

This is the only reason I reversed his question.

And yes, where you say loving or neighbors contributes to their joy peace, hope, etc, you are very much correct. And I know there are other Bible passages concerning such. But this verse what written for another lesson to be learned, the flip side of contributions to others.

I hope this clears up the misunderstanding.
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