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Love or Law?


“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.””

John 13:34-35 NLT


Jesus commands us to love each other as He had modelled for us. The love that Jesus has shown us was a love that is described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: 

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

How we emulate this in our own life is proof that we are His disciples. Jesus contrasted this to the legalism that many of the Jewish leaders held onto and taught. It was hardened to what the God truly desired. This leads to the question I have for myself, “Am I loving others or or ‘law-ing’ others?” 

It is true that we live in a world that rules and laws govern and keep the peace. However, these very rules that can stem from upbringing; standards we set on ourselves that we place on others; or desire to control our world; are the very ones that trap us in legalism. Jesus, never wanted that, but desired us to be free in His love and to love. I see how there are times that I am trapped in this very issue. I have seen my own desire to control things, leading to living more a drill sergeant than a parent. Love as described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 are quite the opposite. These will be the proof that I am living as I should be according to Christ. 


The most immediate application I can think of is being patient. I know that looking at how I handle situation with my children show my lack of patience. I sometimes cut them off while they are speaking because they are taking too long to respond. I know there are many other situations where I have proof of me being more legalistic than loving. Additionally there are other aspects of loving others which needs work however this is where I need to focus on this season.


Dear Jesus, Thank you so much for being the example for us on how to love others. You have shown us nothing impossible and because you are 100% man and 100% God, you could totally understand the difficulty we face and yet shown us that it is possible. Thank you for freeing us from the a life that is burdened down by the Law but giving us the freedom to love and experience the same love. I pray for the strength and heart to be patient with my kids as well as others. Help me to be more like You, Jesus. I love you and ask of this in Your Name, Jesus! Amen!



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