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The Law of Love

Posted: Tuesday, July 30

Dan Wootton // Pastor of Worship &amp; Music

Dan Wootton // Pastor of Worship & Music

June 30 Reading:

2 Chronicles 26:1-28:27
Romans 13:1-14
Psalm 23:1-6
Proverbs 20:11

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Verse of the day

Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law." (Romans 13:10)

In Matthew Chapter 5, Jesus reinforces the ten commandments in a revolutionary way. Up until this exact moment, the law had always been communicated as a checklist. A clear list of ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions. Have you stolen anything? (yes or no) Have you killed anyone? (yes or no) And whenever a gray area was discovered between right and wrong, new laws were written. Have you ever walked more than 3000 feet on Shabbat? (yes or no) (And yes . . . that is the current guideline designated for Orthodox Judaism in 2019.)

Jesus readdresses murder, adultery, truth-telling, divorce, and revenge in a way that no one expected. In Romans Chapter 13, the apostle Paul is having a very similar conversation. He sums up 1400 years of law in a sentence. “If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.” (Romans 13:8b)

Love is just that simple. It checks every box. It solves every problem. It heals every wound. It simplifies every decision. Every ‘yes’ or ‘no’ moment you experience today can be reframed with the question: “Am I acting in love?” Love one another. Prefer others over yourself. This is the gospel. This is what Christ did for us.