When someone talks about something working according to a law it means that something works the same way every time. For instance, if I was on top of a building and dropped a brick over the side it would do the same thing every time I dropped it. This is what we call the “Law of Gravity.” It is the way gravity works. The law itself isn’t gravity it simply defines for us how gravity works.
When reading the Bible you discover it tells us God is love. The definition for God’s kind of love is basically “Self-for-others.” His love is never a “self-for-self” kind. The God of the Bible is a God that loves so much he even gave us his only begotten son. This God, who is love, created everything there is from stars and planets, to grass, mere cats and men. We can come to the conclusion that if God is love, and he created everything, therefore everything was created by love and for love. Do you think this could be called “the Law” or, in other words, the way God (love) works?
Once Jesus was questioned, “what is the greatest commandment?” His response was “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” He went on to tell them the whole law hung on these two commandments. We could say this is the way God made things to work. Anything that isn’t coming from this God kind of love is therefore broken law. It is going against the way and purpose for which we were designed.
The way we were created in the first place was to be a Temple for God’s Holy Spirit. We were specifically designed to house the God, who is love. It seems his intentions all along were for us to be a simple vessel for him to express his love to and through. The problem came about because Adam, and we in him, sinned by attempting to become our own god. Therefore God in his mercy gave us his law. He essentially said to us, “if you think you can be god then give it a good go why don’t you?” Of course he knew we couldn’t keep his law because he is love and only he can be love. He wasn’t the one that had forgotten we were simple vessels. The commandments were given to reveal to us our absolute powerlessness to fulfill such a wonderful law of love independently. The law was given to drive us to Christ so we would receive him and in turn receive God’s love. Once his love is within us; God himself fulfills his commands to love in and through us toward him and others.
I’ll end with something the Apostle Paul wrote. In that famous 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians he tells us, “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” Love as described here can only be describing one person and that is God himself. There is absolutely no way possible that we can work up or produce this love apart from Christ. It is only when God, by way of his Holy Spirit, takes up residence within us, and has his way, that we will fulfill this love-law. God, who is love, is the law giver and the one and only law keeper. Anytime we find ourselves acting independently of him we will find ourselves acting outside of his “self-for-others love- law.” If God is love and he created everything, by and for love, and he is the only true lover then anything done outside of union with him breaks the love-law of God. We simply cannot fulfill the command to love God and others without God’s Spirit of Love residing within us.
Written by Louie