Friday, May 30, 2008

Love v. Law

Jesus is the perfect example of what the Christian life is to look like. He not only preached the things of God, He lived as the perfect representation of the Kingdom of God. While not forsaking His divinity, He lived the life of a man in perfect relationship with God. Jesus claimed of Himself to be the Way the Truth and the Life. He is the perfect personification of Truth.

There seems to be constant tension between the law and love where there should be none. Some feel that if they cease seeing sin through the law they will some how give it permissive license. However, Jesus knew full well the death produced by sin for He came suffer in our place for our sins though he committed none. Just the same Jesus was sent to, “to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” He came to heal hearts and free and release those in bondage to darkness.

Only love can produce these results. Condemnation and invoking the law only serves to bring bondage not freedom. Every time Jesus refers to the Law and the Prophets he shows that they are fulfilled in love not abolished by love.

Consider the following passages.

Matthew 5: 17 –18 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”

Matthew 7:12 “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 22:36-40 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

The Law and the Prophets are fulfilled by Love. So why is that people think that responding to sin with love creates permissiveness and violates God’s law? By no means, the law exists because of God’s love and is therefore fulfilled by His love. Love fulfills the law because when you enter into God’s love through Jesus you are freed from the bondage of sin which was illuminated by the law. Morality becomes a byproduct of knowing Christ and not false righteousness of adhering to moral laws.

When sin is seen through love it is far darker and more real than when it is seen through legalism and the religious spirit. I used to think that compassion for the sinner excused the sin whereas condemnation of sorts would break them out of the sin. I didn’t think this consciously, but rather subconsciously. When God gripped my heart for the outcast and the sinners and replaced my judgmentalism with His compassion and love-- I started to see sin for what it really is: a dark bondage that destroys a person. I began to grieve in my heart when I saw people entangled in its web and I was then motivated by love to reach out showing them the love of Christ and the freedom from this disease in which they are so deeply entangled.

Love sees sin worse then legalism sees sin. Love seeks to restore, help, free, release the sinner from their bondages. Legalism seeks to condemn and bind the person to their bondage. The more like Jesus we become the more we should desire the restoration of the broken, the freedom of the captives, the healing of the hurting, etc. All of this will come out of our relationship with Him otherwise it is simply the works of religion. Religion is about law and Jesus is about love. The more we know Him the more love should abound.


Katherine Gunn said...


Well said. :-)

Anne said...

I pray that I may one day have more love and compassion than judgementalism inside me. Thanks for visiting TurnLoveInsideOut. It blessed me to click through and discover your blog.

Aaron said...

An Apologetic. That is a profession that I have not encountered in a long time.

In science, a law works all the time, regardless of our feelings. A theroy works from the preceptions the viewers, and when probed, generally falls apart.

Lets talk about prayer. How does it work? What are the reproducable results? What are the results of prayer cross culturally. God would be a real a** if he did not listen to the prayers of all. I am an epileptic. Am I the result of a bet between God and Satan? Job, what a horrible story. 'Hey, person who is having a difficult time in life. Me and the Devil are wagering that you will curse God. We are going to torture you with life until you almost die. You will lose your family, friend, position, resources, and will to live.' Purely Sick. If I went to a sick person and read this to them I would NOT be of benefit.

How does God answer those prayers. Is it through the manipualtion of trillions of trillions of atoms to get the result. Am I arrogent enough to think that God listens? How is the prayer transmitted? Does your answer work within the known universe? Do you understand space and distance and time?

Tell me about prayer without using stories.

bit about me, Started as an math student, by 12 my mother took me to christ. I learned from him. Found science in my teens. I had too many questions for people who were rigid in thought. Moved on to the arie farie studies of spirituallity. No answers there, just a bunch of abused people. Found Buddhism, Very interesting, I live my rules of relationship though the teaching of chenrizig. It is easy to take the core teachings and discard the personal story. I sure don't believe the buddha was born from his mothers side, because her hooha was dirty. I believe he had an epiphany.

I have to remember that the average iq is 100 and most people can only handle a story to tell them how to live. sad.

Spiritual Density. This is how people are attracted to you.

I am going to promote you from apologist to Spiritual Scientist Student, your world will open.