Love

Mat 22:36 – 22:40     Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and  with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Rom 13:8-13:10     Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law.

From the beginning, God has wanted man to love. Instead, we were killing, lying, stealing, fornicating, disobeying, coveting, envying, and the like. God gave us commandments because as long as we were doing these things, we could not love. You can’t love somebody and murder them, or love somebody and steal from them………………..If by loving, we are fulfilling all the commandments and the prophets, then by saying that man is incapable of keeping God’s commandments we are saying that the God of the universe created us incapable of loving each other or himself.

I do believe that man, by nature, does not understand how to love. The world cannot even agree on a definition for love. This is because we are wrapped in flesh. Our flesh only cares about itself, it only looks inward. Love is the exact opposite, it only cares about others, it only looks outward. We cannot be right with God while we live by our flesh because we cannot love.

I know that there is fear associated with keeping “the law”. I have been to churches and heard people say “If you try to keep the commandments you are denying the blood of Christ.” I’ve heard that the commandments were nailed to the cross, and that they were given just to show us that we could not keep them, and that they would point us toward our need for Christ. The truth is, the law and the commandments are two different things.

Exd 24:12     And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.

They are both laws by definition, but only the law of Moses was nailed to the cross.

1Ti 1:9 – 1:11     Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

Gal 3:19     Wherefore then [serveth] the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; [and it was] ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Compare the above scripture with the scripture below.

Rom 4:15     Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, [there is] no transgression.

If there are no transgressions where there is no law, why was the law added because of transgressions?

The law was added because people would not keep God’s commandments. The law was nailed to the cross, not the Commandments.

Eph 2:15     Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, *[even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances*; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;

*the law of commandments contained in ordinances = dogma /the rules and requirements of the law of Moses; carrying a suggestion of severity and of threatened judgment*

God’s Commandments show us what not to do so that we can love. They are still God’s Commandments, and are still in place as Commandments, not suggestions.

Deu 5:29     O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

In closing, it is not sin to keep God’s commandments. We do not deny the blood of Christ by trying to keep them. If you are one that has tried to keep the commandments, but failed miserably, listen to these words of Jesus:

Mat 23:25 – 23:     Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. [Thou] blind Pharisee, cleanse first that [which is] within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Repent! Turn away from sin, and turn towards God. Change your hearts and minds. Choose this day whom you will follow. When you boil it down, the reason we sin is because we want to…we enjoy it. Instead of saying you struggle with a certain sin, say this is a sin that I do not hate. Call it what it is. As long as we are following the desires of our flesh, we will continue to enjoy sin because our flesh enjoys sin.

Gal 5:16 – 5:21     [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

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