Love is the fulfilling of the law. Recently Holy Spirit showed me the following passage, and I began to ponder it’s meaning: “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Romans 13:8-10.
This passage struck me and especially the phrase “love is the fulfilling of the law”. This phrase tells me that love is a sort of “trump card” – that in loving, I’m keeping all the commandments that God spelled out in the Ten Commandments. Jesus said in Mark 12 that the two greatest commandments were to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” In loving God and then in loving others as ourselves the law is perfectly fulfilled and we’re in line with God’s heart. Pursue love and let love be perfected in you.
How are we perfected in love? As I pondered love being the fulfillment of the law, I thought about the opposite of love which is fear. 1 John 4:17-18 says, “17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” It’s interesting to me that when John talks about love, he directly addresses judgment and fear. There are two points I want to look at from the above verses:
- Verse 17 – In this verse, we see how love is made perfect in us. The word “perfect” in this verse according to Strong’s Concordance has the idea of “bringing to completeness”. Love is brought to completeness in us in Christ. As God is (perfect, holy, Love itself) so are we in the world. God is love and we are in Him so we are made perfect in love in Him. This is why we don’t have to worry about judgment – Christ was already punished for our sins and iniquities. We are pure and spotless in Him (Isaiah 53:5, Ephesians 5:27).
- Verse 18 – This verse shows us that perfect love casteth out fear. Why can’t fear exist in love? Because “fear hath torment”. According to Strong’s Concordance, one of the meanings for the word “torment” here means “penal infliction”, or having to do with breaking the law. Fear is connected to torment from breaking the law. Perfect love casts out fear because perfect love has fulfilled all the law and there is no fear of punishment from God. We must know and believe that perfect love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, and we are right with God through Jesus (Romans 5:1,5)
Love is made perfect in us since we are one with Christ (1 Corinthians 6:17). There is no reason to fear because we will not receive judgment from God. Under the Old Covenant, the people had to keep the law and if they sinned give a blood sacrifice to cover their sins (Hebrews 9:22). With the New Covenant, Christ has given himself to cover our sins once for all and He has fulfilled the law (Hebrews 9:12, Matthew 5:17). In Christ, we are the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).
In summary, pursue love and let love be perfected in you. Love is the more excellent way and God is love (1 Corinthians 12:31-13:1; 1 John 4:8). Tap into your spirit which is made perfect in love. Settle into the place of peace, being right with God. See love’s pure light shining in the core of your being and let it envelop you. You are perfect, holy, accepted by God, and fully loved.
Written by: Jacqueline Bixler
Published on 8/17/18