************ Sermon on Romans 13:8 ************


By: Rev. Adrian Dieleman


This sermon was preached on January 6, 2012


Wedding Sermon of Simon Hakker & Sara Vander Weide
Romans 13:8

Simon and Sara, someday you will face Jesus as Judge (cf Rom 13:11ff). He is going to look at your life, He is going to look at your marriage, He is going to look at your home. One of the things He is going to look for is "love." Is He going to find this love He is looking for?

As I said in my office during pre-marital counseling, biblical love is not a feeling. It is not romance. It is not infatuation. This is how the world views love but this is not how the Bible approaches love.

Simon and Sara, on this your wedding day is Paul expressing a wish, a hope, "I hope you love one another"? Is Paul offering a prayer, "O God, may they love one another"? Is Paul describing an ideal, a goal, for which you may aim, "Try to love one another"? Is Paul giving you a suggestion, "I suggest you love one another"? Is Paul giving you a choice, "Will you choose to love one another"? No, Paul is giving you a command. He says, "Love one another."

I believe the two of you have school loans. You might have a car loan. If you purchase a home, you end up with a mortgage. When you go on your honey-moon to Rome you will be racking up charges on a credit card. What do all these loans have in common? They all are debts that must be paid. Love is a debt. In other words, it is something that must be paid. God says it is an obligation.
(Rom 13:8) Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.

Simon and Sara, as you start your walk down life's pathway together, remember this: love is a debt. Love is a debt you owe one another.

And, notice, love is a "continuing debt." This is a debt you are forever paying. And, this is a debt you never pay off. The debt of love is always there. It is not something you pay when you feel like it. It is not a debt you pay when you get round to it. It is not a debt you pay when you have nothing else to do. It is a continuing debt with a continuing payment. Regardless of your feelings. Regardless of life's circumstances. Regardless of what the other person says or does. Regardless of your health or their health.

Of course, only Jesus has succeeded in giving this kind of love. Only Jesus loves and continues to love regardless of what I say or do. Only Jesus shows love regardless of the circumstances. He was hanging on the cross, He was suffering and dying, and He still loved us.

To have this love, to show this love, Simon and Sara, you need to be united to Jesus. His love for you has to fill you. His love for you has to spill out of you onto each other. His love for you needs to be imitated and followed in your life. As I mentioned in my office, this means you need to be in worship together, you need to read the Bible together, you need to pray together, and you need the fellowship of other Christians.

Our wish and our prayer for you is pleasure, joy, and happiness. How do you get this? How do you experience this? By living a life of love. Why? Because then you are being like God. Love is the image of God upon the soul because God is love. When we love, we are fulfilling God's will for our lives.

So, Simon and Sara, may you listen to and live out the words of your wedding text:
(Rom 13:8) Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.

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