I was recently involved in a conversation where it was argued that I should be less concerned with applying God’s law to my life so that I could more fully appreciate Jesus and His work of redemption. They argued that the Christian life is about love, not law.
Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 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 neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. ~Mt. 22:36-40
So what exactly is love?
When I begin a post with this:
As Christians our family’s goal is to base all of our decisions and opinions on God’s word. We are not always consistent and are thankful that God still loves us and is able to use us for His glory. We realize that we don’t know everything and are not always right. We are learning and growing constantly. My purpose here is to try to convey what we believe and a little about why we believe it.
it puzzles me when I get this (and much more privately) in return,
You are not god and cannot speak for him. I find it scary that you might be creating a sort of cult that insists on taking gray areas and claiming them, telling people what god would want for us in terms of schooling! Scary!
I am amazed that as believers we think that we have the authority to know what the Lord’s plan is for every parent, for every child and for every family.
Judge less … get the plank out of your eye!
So the question remains, “What is love?”
Is it loving to remain silent about what God is teaching/has taught us because others may not agree?
Is it loving to encourage others to love God without pointing them to His standard?
Is it loving to remain silent while the American family** is decimated because the solutions might make people realize they may be on the wrong path?
**Unmarried, live-in couples now outnumber married couples in our home state.
Is love what I say it is? what you say it is?
Do we really have to,
“Be holy as I am holy” ?
That’s just so “Old Testament”.
When we begin to sit in judgement over God’s Word and to say that we don’t need to obey or even know or understand everything that He commands but rather we must just love, then we have become the ultimate authority and usurped the authority that belongs to God.
If we reject God’s standard of conduct and simply shout love, we have missed the whole point of the Scriptures for they teach that to love is to obey!
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God andkeep his commandments.
For this is the love of God that we keep his commandments and his commandments are not burdensome.
And this is love that we walk according to his commandments.
If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me;
If the standard is “love” and we reject God’s definition of love then it is no longer God’s standard, but our own.
The Christian life is about both love and law, not law keeping for salvation but law keeping because of love. Obedience is the outworking, the visible manifestation of our love for God. The two are inseparable.
Part 2: One More Thought About Law