Which of the commandments is the greatest? This question was asked by one of the experts of the law as a test for the Lord, in which his answer was,” Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it:’ Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
For Romans 13 verse 10 says that “love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” It is confirmed again in Galatians 5:14. Love keeps all commands. So let’s take a look at what love is.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” God is love, for love consists of the attributes of God. My mom once taught me that is your replace “love” with “My Father,” it gives insight into God’s character.
In the old testament, we find the Jews under a strict sacrificial law in order that their sins might be covered by the offerings. However, they were constantly led astray by their sin. Out of mercy, God promised them a Messiah to come grant them salvation. Because Jesus died and took up our sins, and our punishments, we can freely receive God’s love and grace and walk in a love of our own knowing that we have been forgiven. For Jesus himself was the fulfillment of the law.
Verse to reflect on:
“We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister” (1 John 4:19-21).