One of the most maddening things that Jesus experienced in his ministry was having to correct the spiritual leaders on the law. It started when he was 12 and lasted until they had him killed. You see, the leaders took great pride in knowing and pointing out the law to all that would listen. It was their day’s highlight to play GOTCHA with the Jewish people.
But God never intended the law to be the tool for the game of Gotcha. He always and only intended the law to help his beloved people to see their need to depend upon him and not upon themselves. That is why when Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, he quickly showcased 2– “Love God and Love Others!” Paul was teaching the Romans the same thing—If one loves God and loves others, the need to play checklist spirituality goes away. Once again, selflessness and humility carries the day.
Today, nothing has changed. If we focus our lives on loving God and loving others, then we will fulfill the rest of the law. We will also be fulfilled in our lives because one cannot focus on God and others without it reflecting back. It is always risky to drop ones guard and be vulnerable. But, at day’s end, doing so will make you free and fulfilled all the days of your life—yes even the bad days!
God Bless You
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”[a] and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.