Love Your Neighbour
A Sermon on Romans 13:8-10
8Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for the one who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law. 9For this, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and …
8Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be …
If there is one word in the Bible that is easily misunderstood, it is the word “love.” Contemporary society replaces the biblical view of love with mere sentiment or lust. Not only this, but love of neighbor is pitted against love of God. In this sermon on Romans 13:8–10 titled “Love Your Neighbour,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones contends that love of neighbor has been twisted. One must look to Scripture in order to see that theology and love are not contrasted nor is it right to pit love and law against each other. Instead, when one truly loves their neighbor, they are, by necessity, fulfilling the law. Should Christians then only talk about love and never theology? Should they expect non-Christians, who have never experienced the new birth, to carry out this command? In this careful message on love and neighbor, Dr. Lloyd-Jones diagnoses the problem modern people have with biblical understanding of love of neighbor by pointing out how love of neighbor must be wedded to sound doctrine. Listen as he helps understand the difference between agape and other kinds of love. Furthermore, he clues the listener in on how a self-centered and sinful person can actually love thy neighbor as thyself.
- The apostle Paul is summing up his teaching from Romans 12:3 onwards.
- He emphasizes that love is the governing principle.
- Paul says we must understand the true nature of the law. The Pharisees and moralists misunderstand it.
- The law's letter and spirit must not be separated. Faith without works is dead, like love without manifestation.
- Love is extremely practical and active. If love is not active, it is not really love.
- Paul says we owe nothing to anyone except to love one another. This is a permanent debt.
- Loving your neighbor fulfills the law. The examples of commandments show how love fulfills the law.
- Any other commandment is summarized by "love your neighbor as yourself."
- This is often misunderstood today. Many say love of neighbor is all that matters, not theology or God. But this reverses the order of the Ten Commandments and Jesus' teaching.
- Loving neighbor as self is impossible for the natural man due to sin and selfishness. The fall made us self-centered.
- The modern view of this verse fails to understand biblical love. The Bible uses three words for love: eros, phileo, agape. Agape is the highest, used in the NT, and refers to self-sacrificing love.
- Natural man cannot love this way. We must be born again by God's grace through faith, becoming new creatures with the Holy Spirit's help.
- Only then can we begin to love neighbor as self, as the Spirit produces love in us.
The Book of Romans
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.