Have you ever heard anyone say that the command of Jesus to love others is the only one that matters? This viewpoint suggests that all other commandments are obsolete, and we can do as we like in all areas, as long as we love one another.

Such conclusions are misleading.

When asked about the greatest commandment, Jesus says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).

Jesus also says, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them (Matthew 5:17).

As followers of Christ, it is true that we are not saved by trying to keep the laws of the Old Testament, including the Ten Commandments. We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. But this does not mean that those who are saved can live as we like.

Authentic love – love which puts God, and then others first – summarizes all the other commandments. Real love does no wrong to a neighbor (Romans 13:10). It does not lie, steal, murder, covet or commit adultery. It is sacrificial, unselfish, undemanding, unseeking, not sentimental or self-focused on our feelings. It is a volitional act rather than an emotional response.

Once we are saved, it is a joy for us, a delight, to obey God, and to love one another. Jesus says, “If anyone loves me he will keep My Word.” So while we are not under the Mosaic Law as a rule of law, we are to fulfill the “law of Christ” (Romans 6:14; Galatians 6:2).

By showing authentic love, we are able to display Jesus Christ to an unbelieving world.

Have you received the love of God? Are you displaying His love to others

John Munro

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