(Transcribed from actual tape) September 9, 1984 - 9:40 a.
A DEBT OF LOVE
I hope you already have your Bibles open to Romans, Chapter 13. Our text
this morning will be Romans 13, beginning with Verse 8, going through the
end of that chapter. As we begin, let's bow for prayer together.
"Our Hp-ave-nly Father. we're grateful to Thee for the inspiration of music,
for the way You speak clearly to us in that hidden area of our hearts through
words of song. Father, we're inspired. We're touched. We're lifted up.
But then we know, oh, Lord, it is through proclamation that You give to us
the practical application of that divine word. And now, oh Lord, I pray
that You will give us unusual attention. I pray that You will speak and
let me get out of the way so that Thy word and Thy holy and divine message
migbt not o-nly lie hp-ard, but may it be received and understood and incorpo-
rated into our lifestyles. For we make this prayer in the strong, holy
name that's above every other name - the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior
and our Lord. Amen."
You'll remember that Paul wrote to the church in Rome while living in the
City of Corinth. As he saw the decadence in the streets, as he viewed the
sexual promiscuity, he looked at the lives of those individuals in Corinth
and suddenly, inspired by the Holy Spirit, he knew the great need in the
Roman world. And that need was love. Genuine love. And so here in these
verses at the end of Chapter 13, he sums up everything he has been saying
in Romans 12, and Romans 13:1-7. And I guess if we were to sum it up in one
phrase, it would be "love settles all obligations." Genuine love. The love
released by Jesus Christ in His resurrection power - that kind of ...
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