Matthew 22:35-40 35
One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘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.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Lately I find myself pondering why the Love of God makes everything else obsolete. and why I believe that statement to be true.
We just need love.
I know, I know, It sounds like a Beetles song, “all you need is love”, It sounds juvenile and naïve.
But I say it out of a need for simplicity. Lately I find simplicity to be the most profound answer there is.
The love of our Maker brings sozo.
It’s the Greek word used over and over translated “salvation” in the Bible.
Here is its definition:
to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction
one (from injury or peril)
to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health
to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue
to save in the technical biblical sense >
The Love of our God brings Deliverance, Healing, and Salvation. When we chose this kind of love in our lives consciously on a daily basis we experience Daily deliverance from sin, healing from sin, and Salvation from the consequences of sin.
We can choose to display, and express this love to those around us so that they will also reap the fruits of love.
Once we really begin to understand how immeasurable Gods love is, how deep it is, how full and all-encompassing it is;
once we experience it in fuller ways, and come to trust in it rather than the law-
Other pleasures of the world seem so much less important so much less
Tempting…. sin feels far off and the matter of your heart becomes close.
We realize that we are past the need for the restraints of the law – because sin looses its savor. We must have faith in the salvation of our Creators LOVE, and leave the need for the Law behind us or we cannot fully experience how Love graduates us in spiritual growth. If the Law is for “children” then love is for “adults”
We graduate past the need for the “School Master” which is the Law, and its restraints, principles, precepts.
The Law is based on the need for control because of a fear of sin, its consequences and effects.
Fear of what man can do. What can we do? All manner of evil.
At one time we(mankind) needed the School Master,
But now mankind has the power of Love, and literally nothing else is needed.
Romans 13:8 “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”
Once we trust in the love of the Divine, fear dissipates, and the need for restraints are no longer needed,
Safety nets are no longer needed,
Parachutes are no longer needed…
The fear of what man can do with the knowledge of evil is a matter of consequence only when we do not have the love of God to overcome…
Love fulfills the Law. So we no longer need it! it is fulfilled!! So live in the freeness of that!!
There are no buts
There is just Gods love.
And that covers it.
All of it.
There is nothing else.
I no longer see an end of days that constitutes the wrath and judgment of God now that Jesus has come, the time and need for that has passed…
It is an evolution of sorts, that God is overseeing, and foresaw, like starting school in kindergarten, and moving up through the years learning and growing, and slowly the restraints of being a child dissipates and eventually adulthood is achieved…
this is how I see the world, and its relationship to God, he is walking us through stage by stage, until we completely evolve into the stage of restoration through love.
I see an “End of times” that isn’t full of doom and gloom, darkness, violence, blood and horrors, Wrath and judgment,
But freedom FROM those things!!
When Jesus returns he will bring about the full fruits of the FREEDOM his love brings. It is the knowledge that love IS the only goodness we need, it is the one thing that sets us free from the fruits of the knowledge of evil.
The end of times isn’t really the end, But the very beginning of living in the ultimate embrace and fullness of His love, it is the realization of the goodness He put into us when he breathed into us the breath of life, and that we CAN live in THAT alone for all eternity.
It doesn’t get any simpler than that.
If you would like to read some scriptures that talk about love, see a list of them below! Enjoy!
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Ephesians 4:2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
1 Peter 1:22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,
1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
Matthew 5:43-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
John 15:9-17 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
Song of Solomon 8:6-7 Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the LORD. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised.
Ephesians 4:2-3 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Philippians 2:2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
1 John 3:18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
Psalm 31:16 Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love!
Psalm 63:3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
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