Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Many Christians have still not understood that New Testament believers do not live under the law of Moses. The Ten Commandments are not rules we must live by, because keeping rules is not the way the New Covenant operates. Don’t get me wrong, they still express the heart of God, but we can never reach God’s standard by keeping rules. That is why Jesus rescued us from the tyranny of such a perfect law, and because He has done so, Satan has no business accusing us concerning anything that we do. We are entirely outside of his jurisdiction and he simply has no business making any comment on our lives whatsoever!
Are you letting condemnation, guilt and depression weigh you down? If so you are listening to his voice when rightfully you should be telling him to zip it! The voice you should be heeding is the voice of the Holy Spirit, who will lead you into all truth.
John 3:17 tells us explicitly that condemnation was not the ministry of Jesus, and it shouldn’t be our ministry either. We are not called to take on guilt, nor are we called to point a finger at the world or to be the church police, making sure the believers are toeing the line. No, our focus is walking in love. That may sound like a Christian cliché, but it really is the primary objective of the Holy Spirit dwelling in you.
Under the jurisdiction of the Holy Spirit we don’t live by rules, we live by love. If we love someone we won’t want to hurt them. If we love someone we want to draw close to them. We want to resolve our differences and we want to forgive. When we love we don’t need to be told what not to do; we don’t want to do those things to the person we love.
Is your life rule driven or love driven? Is your home a place of sweetness and affection, or is it a place of ultimatums and sharp words? You may feel like things would be out of control if you relaxed your rules, but have you tried listening and taking time to understand? When you walk in love you walk in power, so start taking the approach that the Holy Spirit is prompting you to take today, and watch the walls come tumbling down.
Heavenly Father, thank you that you are a God of love. You have never done a single thing to hurt or to harm me, and I am so grateful for your love today.
I yield all my rules to you, Lord. I don’t want to transact in condemnation and guilt in this world, because you have redeemed me from that kind of life. Holy Spirit, I yield to you. Help me to heed your promptings and to walk in love today. Thank you, Lord.