The Law of Love

Law of LoveDuring our last meeting Elaine asked, “Why focus on Christ’s commandments?”  We discussed what some refer to as the Great Commission.  We also discussed James writings regarding the “Law of Liberty”.  Adding to this, here is a review of John 14.  John 14:15 to 26 provides insight regarding the roles of Christ’s commandments and the Holy Spirit in producing love.

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.   I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.  John 14:15 to 17 NASB

When I first read this passage, “another Helper” was brought to my attention.  The first helper must be Christ’s commandments.  The other Helper is the Holy Spirit.  Both Christ’s commandments and the Holy Spirit help us learn, grow and manifest God like love.

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.  After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.  In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.  He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” John 14:18 to 21 NASB

Hear we see the ability to advance in the knowledge of God.  If we keep Christ’s commandments we are meeting part of the love objective.  We love God.  We also have the promise that if we love God, Christ will disclose Himself to us. 

Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world?”  Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.  He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.  “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you.  But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.  John 14:22 to 26 NASB

In these verses, John discusses how God will disclose Himself to us.  The Holy Spirit will teach us.  A promise I commonly rely on in times of trouble is provided at 1 Corinthians 2:15.

But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.  But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one.  1 Corinthians 2:14 & 15 NASB

Here Paul re-enforces what John wrote.  Understanding comes by the Holy Spirit.

By our nature we tend to think that law must be binding or restrictive.  While Christ’s commandments appear legal they are not like man’s laws.  They are structured to provide liberty.  To help free us from sin, to help us be spiritual, and to help us love God and to love others.

Next time we meet, I would like to discuss application of Christ’s commandments with respect to manifesting the love of God.  I would like to discuss Christ as our love example.

… but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me.  John 14:31a NASB

 

 

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