To fulfill the law

363 meet the law"It is indeed pure grace that you are saved. You can do nothing but accept with confidence what God gives you. You did not deserve it by any action; because God does not want anyone to be able to invoke his own accomplishments before him "(Ephesians 2,8-9 GN).

Paul wrote in Romans 13, 10 "Love does not harm the neighbor; so now the love of the law is fulfillment "(Zürcherbibel). It's interesting that we inherently tend to reverse that finding. Especially in relationships, we want to know what we are. We want to be able to see clearly, to set a standard, as we stand with the others. The idea that the law is the way to fulfill love is much easier to measure, easier to handle than the idea that love is the way to fulfill the law.

In this way of thinking, there is the problem that a person can fulfill the law without loving. But one can not love without thereby fulfilling the law. The law gives instructions on how a person who loves will behave. The difference between law and love is that love works from within, a person is changed from the inside; the law, on the other hand, only affects the external, the external behavior.

This is because love and law have very different ideas. A person who is guided by love does not need instructions on how to behave lovingly, but a law-led person needs it. We fear that without strong guiding principles, such as the law that forces us to act properly, we probably will not behave accordingly. True love, however, is not conditional, it can not be coerced or forced. It is given freely and freely received, otherwise it is not love. It may be friendly acceptance or recognition, but not love, because love is not a condition. Adoption and recognition are usually conditional and often confused with love.

That is why our so-called "love" is so easily overwhelmed when the people we "love" do not meet our expectations and demands. This kind of "love" is really just recognition that we give or hold depending on behavior. Many of us have been treated by our parents, teachers and superiors in this way, and we often treat our children so lost in thought.

Perhaps that is why we feel so uncomfortable about the idea that faith in Christ has outdone the law. We want to measure others with something. But if they are saved by grace by faith, what they really are, then we no longer need a scale. If God loves them in spite of their sins, how can we so little estimate them and withhold love from them, if they do not act according to our ideas?

Well, the good news is that we are all saved by grace only by faith. We can be very thankful for that because no one except Jesus has reached the measure of salvation. Thank God for his unconditional love through which he redeems us and transforms us into the nature of Christ!


Heavenly Father, you are the living law and the living love, because you are love through and through. We see and show this love only partially because we only partly see it. Please help us to look forward to Jesus' sacrifice for us to more fully understand the role of love she holds in our ministry. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen

by Joseph Tkack

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