The Law Of Love

The Law Of Love

In the​ book of​ Mathew it​ says,​ Mat 22:37-40 “Jesus said unto him,​ Thou shalt love the​ Lord thy God with all thy heart,​ and with all thy soul,​ and with all thy mind. This is​ the​ first and great commandment. And the​ second is​ like unto it,​ Thou shalt love thy neighbour as​ thyself. On these two commandments hang all the​ law and the​ prophets”.

When Jesus quoted these two commandments He was not giving a​ ‘new’ law to​ replace the​ Ten Commandments of​ God,​ He was in​ fact quoting an​ Old Testament scripture on​ the​ importance of​ keeping the​ Ten Commandments. Deu 6:5-8 “And thou shalt love the​ LORD thy God with all thine heart,​ and with all thy soul,​ and with all thy might. And these words,​ which I command thee this day,​ shall be in​ thine heart: … And thou shalt bind them for a​ sign upon thine hand,​ and they shall be as​ frontlets between thine eyes”.

Jesus was reinforcing the​ sentiment that the​ Ten Commandments were a​ law of​ love. the​ first four commandments showed us how to​ love God,​ and the​ last six how to​ love our fellow man. This is​ why He said,​ “On these two commandments hang all the​ law and the​ prophets”.

Another verse showing the​ nature of​ the​ Ten Commandments is​ John 15:10 “If ye keep my commandments,​ ye shall abide in​ my love; even as​ I have kept my Father's commandments,​ and abide in​ his love”.

Paul wrote Rom 13:8 “Owe no man any thing,​ but to​ love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the​ law”.

James showed that we​ should view the​ law as​ a​ law of​ liberty,​ like a​ mirror that shows us our sinful nature. Jam 2:11-12 “For he that said,​ Do not commit adultery,​ said also,​ Do not kill. Now if​ thou commit no adultery,​ yet if​ thou kill,​ thou art become a​ transgressor of​ the​ law. So speak ye,​ and so do,​ as​ they that shall be judged by the​ law of​ liberty.” He goes on​ and shows more importantly that we​ need to​ seek to​ follow the​ law to​ the​ best of​ our ability. He demonstrated that even though we​ are saved through Grace,​ it​ does not mean that we​ can be disobedient to​ the​ law of​ God. He says we​ cannot be saved by faith alone – because the​ result of​ true faith will be seen in​ our actions (works),​ by the​ life we​ are leading. Jam 2:13 “For he shall have judgment without mercy,​ that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. What doth it​ profit,​ my brethren,​ though a​ man say he hath faith,​ and have not works? can faith save him? if​ a​ brother or​ sister be naked,​ and destitute of​ daily food,​ And one of​ you say unto them,​ Depart in​ peace,​ be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to​ the​ body; what doth it​ profit? Even so faith,​ if​ it​ hath not works,​ is​ dead,​ being alone”. This shows that in​ New Testament times it​ is​ still important to​ keep the​ ten rules of​ love that God laid down for the​ benefit of​ mankind.

God’s Ten Commandments truly are His ten magnificent rules of​ love. They show how to​ love Him and people,​ but the​ fourth commandment,​ the​ Sabbath,​ is​ perhaps the​ real test of​ Love. the​ other nine say what not to​ do,​ but the​ Sabbath tells us what we​ should do to​ demonstrate our love and obedience to​ God. He has told us to​ devote every seventh day to​ Him. He instituted this at​ the​ beginning of​ the​ world,​ as​ both a​ memorial to​ His creation and a​ time for man to​ commune with Him.

Jesus and His disciples all faithfully kept the​ Sabbath day their entire lives,​ and Jesus made it​ clear that there would be no changes to​ the​ law,​ or​ the​ day to​ keep the​ Sabbath on​ when He said,​ Mat 5:18 “For verily I say unto you,​ Till heaven and earth pass,​ one jot or​ one tittle shall in​ no wise pass from the​ law,​ till all be fulfilled”.

All Bible references are from the​ King James Version.

The Law Of Love

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