Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Great Law of Love

Ah, moral law what sacred bar whereby life’s wrong and right is proved
Yet, may we never use it to make one feel judged rather than loved

Love in its lesser form neglects to caution, rebuke and advise
It claims to care but views a stumbling fellowman with half-shut eyes

Yet, futile to deal with effect before identifying Cause
Where without love there is no merit in waving a book of laws

Forbid, before noon’s flying colours fold into the close of day
That we with earnest heart do not forget to love enough to pray

Lest while we criticize and point at dust-specks in another’s tries

Forbid we speak of love and yet when push and shove turns into grind
We fail to be its tender proof; not gentle, meek, patient and kind

Then pray at break of day before we face time’s tides that stilly roar
That we above all else seek grace and strive to love each other more

© Janet Martin

Romans 3:19-20, 23-24
  Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, 
so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.  
 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; 
rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  
 and all are justified freely by his grace 
through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Romans 13:8-10
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.

the law of love Matt. 22:35-40
 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.  
 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  
 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.  
 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.”

 “Do not judge, or you will be judged.
Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye,
 but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?…

...and if you are not tired of reading
you might enjoy this post 
Dr. Alan Snyder 

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