Love & Law

We lose love when we get caught up in the law.

But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.

Titus 3:9

The Pharisees accused Jesus of breaking law when he was observed healing on the Sabbath.   They were so caught up in observing the law that they lost their ability to have empathy and compassion for those who were suffering and could be healed.

This is not to say that the law is something we don’t need to be concerned about, that we just toss it aside.  However when we get so focused on keeping the law that we lose our ability to love others, the law becomes a stumbling block.

“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.”

Matthew 22:36-40

When God created the commandments, they were created out of love for us.  He wanted the best for us.  To make rules without love being the foundation would be contrary to the character of God.

We must be mindful that we do not get so caught up in the enforcement of the law that we lose love in the process.

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