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Love Bomb           Romans 13: 8 – 14

Imagine the surfer who always shared a lift to the beach with someone who was struggling to get there. Who brought extra wax and even a board to loan or one day give away. They take off deep and call the surfer who hasn’t caught a wave into the set of the day; then straighten out and cheer that surfer on. Always friendly, chatting, loving, a surfer who just brings stoke to the lineup, the beach, the community. Seeing rubbish on the beach they pick it up and then they teach a local grommie to surf. I don’t know who this person is but I like them already.

Sounds too good to be true, too good to be you or me…

Rom 13: 8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. In the same way that we were instructed to live under the authority of the law of the land, here we see that we are to live under the Law. Rom 13: 9 The commandments, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet, and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

The greatest evidence of a transformed mind and a consecrated heart is love for others and not for self. 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Paul then gives us a very useful illustration…vs 12, 13 the image is at night time, the drunks are rolling home spilling out of the clubs after a night to be ashamed of, they are still partying in the downstairs flat. In the same complex people are asleep upstairs they desire nothing else but sleep. Both of these are living as if the night will go on forever. Our surfer friend, who I spoke of earlier, knows differently, he knows the day will soon arrive and is up preparing for it… 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.

Dressed and ready to greet the light not a hungover, groggy-eyed, night dweller…

14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

In short, we should live and act differently to the world, not in a judgemental way but in an exceptional, exemplary, neighbor, citizen, and friend kind of way. He does not become a ‘social gospeler’, someone so concerned about the behavior of his neighbor, he has forgotten his God.

1 Cor 5: 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those outside.

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.  — Mother Teresa

It is not our role to judge or correct those who are outside the church like moral police, rather we must love as God loved us whilst we were still sinners. Love and grace are the weapons of the Gospel.

All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name. — Andre Breton

* How’s your love meter, is it up high for self and friends and down low for others?
* Do you love without judgment, leaving God to do his work? Conviction is from the Spirit, not the believer or else it becomes condemnation.

Change comes after grace, it only comes before religion and legalism. A Carruthers.

The highest function of love is that it makes the loved one a unique and irreplaceable being. — Tom Robbins

Grace is God as a heart surgeon, cracking open your chest, removing your heart – poisoned as it is with pride and pain – and replacing it with his own. — Max Lucado

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. — Mother Teresa