The Fullness of God’s Love
“You shall therefore keep all My statutes and all My judgments, and perform them, that the land where I am bringing you to dwell may not vomit you out” (Leviticus 20.22 NKJV).
The fullness of God’s love is expressed in His law and grace, and His judgment and mercy. Jesus said He came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it. Any good parent knows that there are times you give grace to a child, but there are also times that child must feel the consequences of his/her actions. We want our children to understand simultaneously the law and grace of our love because they are both necessary to achieving a God-centered presence in our families. Similarly, Christians must follow God’s direction in their lives AND accept ample amounts of His grace if they desire to victoriously accomplish their God-given purpose. Before bringing His Chosen People into their Promise Land, God warned them that their ungodly decisions would eventually catch up with them and their land (purpose) would spit them out. God poured out His grace numerous times; but after a time, God’s children were faced with a disturbing harvest of all the sins they planted and cultivated. In an instant, God could have transformed their harvest of despair into a harvest of hope, but the people had already forsaken their God and all the good He embodies.
“Don’t suppose for a minute that I have come to demolish the Scriptures— either God’s Law or the Prophets. I’m not here to demolish but to complete. I am going to put it all together, pull it all together in a vast panorama. God’s Law is more real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet. Long after stars burn out and earth wears out, God’s Law will be alive and working” (Matthew 5.17-18 MSG).