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One word! LOVE. Paul writes a lot about the law in Galatians. The book of Galatians is rich with grace and love. It’s a good read, to say the least! Galatians 5:14 says that love fulfills God’s law.
God’s law? The ten commandments comes to mind.
However, when you read the Old Testament (old covenant) you’ll find so much more than a list of ten do’s and don’ts. Your head will surely spin.
You will think, how can I possibly please God! Well, you can’t. Not by his law anyway. Trying to live out the law is useless. God’s law is absolute perfection.
It’s one and only purpose is to prove that we can’t live perfectly moral lives. It shows us that we need help. The law is so perfect that no one person can possibly satisfy it.
That’s right, it is impossible. Almost!
Hebrews 11:6 says it is impossible to please God without faith. Faith is the key. What is faith? Simply put, faith is belief. Belief in his son Jesus Christ. And believing that he was the LAST sacrificial lamb, the one that redeemed the world. The spotless lamb that paid for every sin of every human being on earth, once and for all.
Also, believing scripture (the bible), having faith that everything he said is true. And trust that he will do what he said he would do.Galatians 3:12 says the law is NOT of faith. Click To Tweet
Therefore, law and faith don’t mix. A little bit of law and a little bit of faith will not cut it. The second you put yourself under the law, you bring yourself out from under the blood of Jesus.
Your faith in the redeeming blood of Jesus is the only thing that matters!
Out with the old, in with the new
The word of God is separated into two parts. The old testament and the new testament. The word testament in Hebrew is: diatheke, and is translated: covenant. (Contract, treaty, pact, deal, bargain, settlement, bond, pledge, promise, guarantee.)
A covenant today is not taken as seriously as it was back in old testament times. Back then it was consecrated in blood instead of ink. The bloody handshake, if you will. Each party had their part in the contract. If you didn’t hold up your end of the bargain, the consequence was death.
So, we have an old contract which is the law. The entire old testament is the unattainable law of God. You can’t have an old one without having a new one, and vise versa.
Our new testament is a promise God made to us that Jesus was the final blood sacrifice. No more daily slaughter of animals to pay the penalty for sin. Consecrated by the blood of Jesus. We are in a new covenant with God Almighty! Our only part is to believe.
We are washed clean by the precious blood of Jesus!
God’s new covenant literally came from love. God IS love, so there is that. But I mean it came from a place of deep unconditional love for humanity.
Best thing I can compare to that type of love is the love between family. Sometimes my kids drive me nuts and annoy the heck out of me. However, I will NEVER stop loving them!
Same is true for child to parent relationships. My girls get SO stinking mad at me sometimes, but I also know they love me no matter what. I am their mama.
That being said, I cannot imagine loving someone so much that I would be willing to sacrifice my own child to save them. I could not give up one of my children to save the other. There is only one capable of such love.
How can I fulfill the law through love?
The only reason we are capable of love is that God loved us first. Love is the most powerful force there is. Powerful enough to make us want to be perfectly moral.
We can’t satisfy the law by trying to follow it. If we try to be justified by the law the sacrifice of Jesus becomes useless.
But we certainly can love one another. By doing so we fulfill ALL the law!
We have a terrible habit of complicating everything. Loving difficult people doesn’t have to be hard either.
Just do it!
Be kind to everyone no matter what! Simple civility is an act of love. Using your manners, smiling, fulfilling a basic need, listening, helping, giving, making people laugh, hugs, giving compliments, making a meal, being truthful, etc.
You see, it’s so very simple.
I challenge you today to love someone who is difficult to love.
If all you can do is offer a genuine smile, so be it. You demonstrated unconditional love!
Be blessed my friends.
🙂 Leigh Ann