The Law of Love
“We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers…” (1 Timothy 1.9 NIV).
Abraham never received the law from God. He believed the Lord, so he was righteousness in God’s eyes for his faith (Genesis 15.6). Abraham was not perfect by all means, but he loved the Lord and even in his flawed human state, he committed to follow and obey Him. The law was established after the Israelites demanded that Moses give them God’s commands. They ignorantly believed that they could produce holiness by themselves without help from the Intercessor (Exodus 19.8). But the entire law and all of God’s commands can be wrapped up in two commandments: Love God and love others (Matthew 22.37-40). If we can love God and His children, we will automatically do the things that please God. The law was given to the people who do not listen to the Holy Spirit and who do not desire to please God. They do not have the God of all truth leading them every moment of every day, so they need a set of parameters to keep them and others from harm. However, Christians have freedom in Christ because we lean on Him and obey Him, and He will lead us on paths of righteousness. To be sure the word “love” is not always easy, fun and sweet. Sometimes loving God means to be obedient even unto death—whether it be a physical death or a metaphorical death of our self-will. And truly loving others can be the hardest thing we ever do. Thankfully, though, we are free in Christ to do the best we can at loving God and others, because we know that His grace fills in the cracks of our mistakes with His perfection.
“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law” (Galatians 5.1 NLT).