“ Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law” Romans 13:8-10 NKJV.
In Christ, the notion of an eye for an eye ceases to exist as it stems from an entitlement and pride filled attitude. Just because someone did something bad to you, it does not make it alright for you to return the same bad to them. It solves nothing. In fact it just aggravates the situations. We are told to owe nothing but love, because this love that God refers to, requires us to go beyond our own needs, desires and emotions. By simply loving another, you make it easier for yourself to live in a manner that obeys the 10 commandments. This is so, because by loving, you are least likely to steal from your neighbor, give false witness or anything of that sort as your love for them wants better for them. Where you find them in a state of brokenness, you are quick to extend a helping hand. Your spiritual eyes get opened and you start to notice that there is something greater at play in peoples negative behaviours. It is simple, love fulfills the law, the cross is evidence of that.
Father, fill me with Your spirit because it is in Your spirit alone that I am capable to love the way You require. Amen