The Law of Love

There is a law that Jesus Himself instituted called the law of love. We are to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39).   That is the great law of love. We also know the Word tells us if do not love someone we can see, how could we ever love God who we cannot see (1 John 4:20). We know that if we love our brothers and sisters, then it proves that we love the Father. We know that the entire Word of God hangs on the law of love (Matthew 22:40). If you do not operate in the law of love, it is impossible to walk in the Word of God. There are so many reasons why we must learn the law of love. The only way to become mature in God is to grow up and walk in the law of love. We also know that faith works by love (Galatians 5:6). We know that the way to get rid of fear is through God’s perfect love (1 John 4:18). When you and I figure out how much God loves us and how to let that love operate through us, no fear will be able to hold you. Your faith will work all the time. The law of love is so important for us in order to walk in the victory that has been given to us.

Since the Bible clearly tells us that we are to love; and the only way you can tell you are walking in love is how you love the brethren, let’s investigate what that will look like in our lives. Romans 12:9 says it will be giving precedence or showing honor to others. You will think of them better than you think of yourself or before you think of yourself. Romans 13:8-10 says we again need to love our neighbors. What do you want someone to do to you? How do you want to be treated? How would you want someone to love and honor you? Then, do that for your neighbor. Galatians 5:13-14 says not only love your neighbor as yourself, but in love serve one another.   What does your neighbor need? How can you serve them? I Peter 4:8 says that love covers a multitude of sins. If love covers sin, surely it can cover a mistake. It can cover a suffered wrong. God’s love in you can surely release someone who has hurt you whether it was on purpose or an accident. Finally, we are told to love people the way Jesus loved us according to John 15:12.

God’s law of love is at work in us. Let’s love the brethren in such a way that they will know we are in the Father and the Father is in us. Let’s also love the brethren in a way that the world will know that we are truly His disciples.

Pastor Mark Garver