the Principle of Love
We are no longer under the Law of Moses, or any legal system, but under
spiritual principles called "laws": the law of liberty, the royal law, the law
of Spirit and life, and the law of Christ.
THE PRINCIPLE OF LOVE IS FROM THE BEGINNING
"As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in
love" 2 John 6. "I am not writing you a new command but an old one,
which you have had since the beginning" 1 John 2:7-10. Jesus said the first
and greatest command is to love God and the second is to love our neighbor.
Love fulfills all the demands of law. Read Matthew 22:37-40; Romans 13:8-10.
CHRISTIANS ARE NOT
UNDER ANY LEGAL CODE,
Although Paul said he was not under law, he did say he was under the "law" of
Christ, 1 Corinthians 9:20,21. "Carry each others burdens, and thus
fulfill the law of Christ" Galatians 6:2. Christ's law is fulfilled when
we learn to love. "Whoever loves God must love his neighbor" 1 John
4:21. "Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling
of the law" Romans 13:10; Galatians 5:6,14.
BUT WALK AFTER
THE GUIDELINES OF CHRIST
TO INJURE OTHERS OR TO DO GOOD TO OTHERS
"To the extent that you did it to one of the least of one of these, ...
you did it unto me" Matthew 25:40-45. To abuse our liberty in Jesus and to
cause a weak person to stumble is to fail to walk in love and to sin against
Christ, Romans 14:15; 1 Corinthians 8:9-12.
IS TO DO IT TO CHRIST
TO SHOW PARTIALITY OR PREJUDICE
"If you show partiality, you are committing sin ..." James 2:8-12.
Jesus said: "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you"
SIN AGAINST THE ROYAL LAW,
THE LAW OF LOVE.
"DEAR CHILDREN, LET US NOT LOVE WITH WORDS OR TONGUE
BUT WITH ACTIONS AND
IN TRUTH" 1 John 3:18