LOVE!

The one about how love is everything. From Romans 13:8-10

Our only obligation: love each other. Whoever loves their neighbor has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”  and all other commandments, are all summed up in this: “You must love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.

Toward the end there is a creedal statement about love. Here is that, in case you want to read it:

We believe in a God of unfailing love, who calls us to love. 

We confess that “there is nothing higher in religion; there is, in effect, nothing else; if [we] look for anything but more love, [we] are looking wide of the mark.”

We desire God to form us in love, knowing that Christian perfection “is nothing higher and nothing lower than this, – the pure love of God and [neighbor]. It is love governing the heart and life, running through all our tempers, words, and actions”

We believe the apostle Paul when he proclaimed that “our only obligation is to love each other...Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.”

We believe that love is not passive, but active, and calls us to endure and act – neither violently resisting nor fleeing – it may require suffering for the benefit of others; it may require shelter and self care. 

We desire the defeat of evil, not the defeat persons, recognizing that oppressors are victims too, that God loves people indiscriminately, and that Christ calls us to “be perfect” in the same way. O Lord of power and love, as you have said, so let it be with us; let it be with me.

[Sources for the creedal statement on love: “Creed” of love written by Matt Rundio, using quotes from John Wesley, ideas from Dr. King (see, for example, Dr. King’s principles of nonviolence or Walter Wink’s book The Powers that Be.), and the words of Jesus, Paul, and Mary. Wesley, A Plain Account of Christian Perfection, 99, 55. Romans 13:8, 10. Matthew 5:43-48. Luke 1:38.]

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