The Law of Love

We cannot fully grasp the pain that sin causes without recognizing the degree of sacrifice God made to cleanse us from it… the incredible gift of forgiveness came with the price of Jesus’ death.

 God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him might have forgiveness of sin and everlasting life (Jn 3:16).

 We are accustomed to the thought that Christ bore all our sins on the Cross and I think we have become desensitized to the enormous pain He personally had to endure so that our sins would be forgiven. Sin is not merely breaking a law, violating a precept, doing something we shouldn’t have, or not doing something we should have. Sin is even more than offending the justice or honor or truth of the Lord.

Sin hurts God, because He is a Father… Our Father!

 We must understand that life is all about relationships… it is what gives life its purpose and meaning. Sin breaks relationship and abuses the privileges love offers. That’s why its called trespassing. The Law of Love is the highest law of Scripture and demands our greatest attention.

Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment and His response was;

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Mt 22:37-40).

In Paul’s writing to the Galatians He emphasized this idea even more by making the statement that love fulfills the law (Gal 5:14 & 6:2). He was getting to the fact that living a life that honors God cannot be done without a commitment to relationship and this incredible Law of Love.

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