ROMANS 13:8-14 8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For 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.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 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. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
- Read verse 8. How should we understand “owe no one anything” in light of verse 7? What are we definitely to owe one another? Read verses 8-10. What does love fulfill?
- Read verse 11. What do you think Paul means by “the time”? What does he mean by “the hour has come for you to wake from sleep”? How exactly is “salvation nearer to us now than when we first believed”?
- Read verse 12. In light of the fact that we all live in the last days, how are we to conduct ourselves? What does Paul mean?
- What specific things does Paul warn us to stay away from in verse 13? Given the context of this section, what are all of these things listed not doing for a neighbor?
- Read verse 14. What does Paul mean by “Put on then the Lord Jesus Christ”? What does it look like to “make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires”? How does Romans 8:13 help clarify?
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