Saturday, June 26, 2010
By Ramone - January 22, 2010
"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."I can't describe what a shock it was for me when I realized that when Paul said, "the Law of Christ", he was directly referring to Christ's command, "Love one another as I have loved you". And the shock revelation that Paul was describing the "how" of Christ's command -- love one another, and this is *how* to do it: carry each other's burdens. And then realizing how it ties into Christ's own promise that "All you who are weary and heavy burdened... I will give you rest", how He has given His body to the world to walk out that fulfillment day by day.
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another."
"(My prayer is that) they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me."
There is so much I wish I could say about this, how important it is, how absolutely central and how incredibly overlooked it is... in the hope that people would catch on and see nothing else. But it's a calling from His heart to ours, and it desires free response, otherwise it's not "love". The old law was essentially "obey or die", but the new law is an appeal from His heart to ours; a desire from His heart to find our hearts willing to listen and obey, not from under compulsion, but freely given because "love" can't come out of us any other way. And yet if we miss this call to love, we have missed Him entirely.