Love is the rest and satisfaction of the soul.
It’s a new year and is a good time to reflect on to the past years’ mistakes and lessons learnt. It’s also a transition opportune time to obey God. Literally getting up, making things right and actually doing the obvious thing to do because we love God. Looking at the 10 commandments will be a good start, yet looking at the sum and substance of all of God’s commandments and precepts will be better starting point.
Let us look at Matthew 22:36-40:
36“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
This is what Jesus’ answer to the young student of law when he asked Jesus ‘which is the greatest commandment in the law?’ Basically, we can’t separate the two to each other, we can’t say that we love God and hate our neighbor… neither the other way. According to Jesus the second commandment is just like the first one.
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law – Romans 13:10.
Matthew Henry Commentary says that: All the law is fulfilled in one word, and that is, love. See Rom. 13:10. All obedience begins in the affections, and nothing in religion is done right, that is not done there first. Love is the leading affection, which gives law, and gives ground, to the rest; and therefore that, as the main fort, is to be first secured and garrisoned for God. Man is a creature cut out for love; thus therefore is the law written in the heart, that it is a law of love. Love is a short and sweet word; and, if that be the fulfilling of the law, surely the yoke of the command is very easy. Love is the rest and satisfaction of the soul; if we walk in this good old way, we shall find rest.
Do we claim that we love God and yet hate our neighbor? If so we are being disobedient. (not according to me, that’s according to Jesus himself) We have no excuse not to love our neighbor and or our enemies, because while we were yet still sinners Christ died for us, He loves us even before… even when we were yet His enemy.
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8.
Blessings and a joyous new year!