I’m having a hard time wrapping my brain around these verses, not because they’re necessarily hard, but because (I think) I’ve heard and read them so many times.
Okay, let’s look at verse 8: “Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another, for he who loves his neighbor fulfills the law.”
Let’s put this in context: Paul, in the preceding paragraph, wrote of doing good to remain under the governing authorities. If we stay away from evil, the governing bodies have no reason to avenge us, so how do this? By loving our neighbors (ah, yes, the Golden Rule rises again).
“Love therefore is a fulfillment of the law.” When we love, we don’t do evil and love wins! Right on.
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” — Romans 13:8