The Law of Love
A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another – John 13:35.
Jesus was reiterating the commandment that was giving to the people of God in the Old Testament, Jesus instructed His followers that He didn’t come to destroy the Law, but to fulfill the Law of God. Now we are to love others based on Jesus’ sacrificial love for us. Such love will not only bring unbelievers to Jesus, but it will also keep believers strong and united in a world hostile to God. Jesus was a living example of God’s love, as we are to be a living examples of Jesus’ love.
How is it that we can profess to be Christians, but dislike someone because of their lifestyle? So many professing Christians, are quick to quote the scripture (Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind; it is an abomination -Leviticus 18:22). But God also commanded the people of God to love one another (Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the Lord – Leviticus 19:18). To love someone doesn’t mean you’re condoning their sinful nature and behavior, but you’re following the instructions God has given His people. Love will do no harm, verbally, physically or emotionally to another.
According to the word of God, we all have sinned (For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23). A personal sin may be one of commission, doing something that is prohibited. Or a sin of omission, failing to do what is required of us. It may also express itself in act or attitude. Too many times, sin is classified in categories, but there is no white sin or black sin, there is no little sin or big sin, sin is sin and the wages of sin is death (For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord – Romans 6:23). We should love people enough that no matter what type of sin they may be committing, we want the truth of God’s word to reach them and free them.
God is love, and if He’s our Father, we should love as our Father loves. Everyone may not be reached by the preached word, but everyone can be prayed for no matter where they are in the world, the prayer will travel, convict, heal and set free. We should examine ourselves to see if we have enough of God’s love in us to the point we will not discriminate, make ourselves superior to others, dislike or hate the creation God has created. Love them until they feel your love. Love them until they say what must I do to be saved!