20 May Love is the Fulfilment of the Law
Love is the Fulfilment of the Law
God is love, yet our problem is we do not fully understand His love. However, the most blessed person is someone who can view everything from the angle of God’s love and live in His love. Out of love, God gave us His law as ‘blessed boundaries’ to protect us. However, the law is not meant to bind us to do only the ‘minimum’, nor to be legalistic. What God really desires is for us to understand His heart, and restore a right relationship with Him and man.
Verses to read:
34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.
35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
- God is love, and He first loves us.
1) The universe and humans are created in love.
2) Out of love, God prepared everything for me.
3) God’s love doesn’t change, and it is faithful.
4) How different we are from other people depends on how much of God’s love we have tasted and perceived.
- The most blessed person is not one “who is successful in all things”, but one who, in all situations, is “most able to discover God’s love”.
5) Because He loves us, God gave us “the Law”.
- We need “blessed boundaries”.
- Sum of the Law = Love God and Men
1) It is not about just meeting “minimum standards”.
- We need “blessed boundaries”, yet love has no limits.
- The Law is the “minimum requirements”, but we have to understand God’s heart:
- don’t worship idols à love God wholeheartedly
- don’t work on Sabbath à enjoy God-centered and church-centered living
- don’t kill people à love lives
- don’t commit adultery à be satisfied with God-given spouse
- don’t steal or be envious à be contented, even give to the needy, and sacrifice for others
- It is not about doing 1 or 2 things for God, obeying 1 or 2 laws, but whole person and lifetime devotion to Him.
- Law: Standard for sentencing a person; does not reward for doing good.
2) Obey the Law, yet do not be bound by it.
- Bound: Stop only at doing the minimum, OR being legalistic.
- If misunderstand true essence of the Law: undue accusations on ourselves, judge others, spoil relationships.
3) “Love is the fulfillment of the law” <Ro 13:10>.
- Obey Law = Live in love.
- Only love can fulfill, and surpass, the Law.
(a) Love God
- Undivided worship, praises, thanksgiving, adoration, tithes, service, spend time to get close to Him, etc.
(b) Love Men
- People around us = Opportunities for us to learn how to love.
- Forgive, heal, build up, share hardships, etc.
- God does not want us to love foolishly, but to do so with God’s perfect wisdom, expressed in His Law.
- In terms of obeying God, is it your usual tendency to “think that it is fine as long as you have done the minimum” (i.e. not violate the Law), OR one that “goes all out” to satisfy God’s heart? How can we move toward the latter?
- What are your struggles in loving men? Share how has the power of the gospel helped you overcome the difficulties in loving people?
- The more we see God’s love, the more we are able to love. Share how can you confirm and enjoy God’s love more in your life.