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The Law Describes Love

October 23, 2019

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The Law Describes Love

There are people who don’t like laws.      They don’t want anyone telling them  what to do  under any circumstances.      They don’t like any laws about  “You shall not steal”.      They will claim such laws  inhibit them  from obtaining what they want.      To them,  laws against drunk driving  or texting while driving  are an affront  to their personal feelings.

But,  the law describes love.      Stealing,  driving drunk,  and texting while driving  are very unloving acts  towards other people,  doing great harm  to others in many cases.      So,  the law describes love  —  and we need the law  because we often don’t have the common sense  or desire  to appropriately show love  towards others.      Our sinful natures  are so self-centered,  arrogant,  and selfish,  that we need guidance  in learning how  to be loving  and kind.      Both children and adults  need guidance in being loving.

Our heavenly Father,  Creator,  Lord and Savior  is the perfection of love  and He desires  to teach us  to be loving  in all our ways.      1 John 4:8 says,

The one who does not love  does not know God,  for God is love.

We all from birth  are bent on sinning,  to selfishly get our own way.      Our heavenly Father’s love  desires to teach us sinful beings  how to be loving,  since loving  does not come naturally to us.      So,  God  has given us  a description  of how to be loving  in the commandments  He provides in His word.      Galatians 3:19 and Galatians 3:24 tell us,

Why the Law then?      It was added because of transgressions…….      Therefore  the Law  has become our tutor  to lead us to Christ,  that we may be justified  by faith.

In the law,  our Lord is teaching us  as our loving heavenly Father.  He gives us  the laws to show us how to love  and care for others  —  in the truths  of a real and honest love.      When we see  how greatly God has loved us  in Jesus Christ  and we desire  to imitate our heavenly Father’s love,  we begin to understand  God’s laws  as the essence of showing love  towards God and others.      That is why  1 John 4:19-20 says,

We love,  because He first loved us.      If someone says,  “I love God,”  and hates his brother,  he is a liar;  for the one  who does not love his brother  whom he has seen,  cannot love God  whom he has not seen.

And  1 John 5:3 goes on to say,

For this is the love of God,  that we keep His commandments,  and His commandments  are not burdensome.

As we read and think  on God’s word to us,  we will see  how the Ten Commandments  and other directives  are a description of love.      Let us take all of God’s word to heart  as He teaches us  the holiness of love  in a world  bent on sinning.

In the freedom of God’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  thank You  for showing us  the greatness  and faithfulness  of Your love to us  in Jesus Christ.      Help us  and strengthen us  to love  the way You have loved us  in purity.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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