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The Law of Love vs. Grace

Author: Creflo Dollar

 

Summary

There is adifference between loving someone based on a commandment and loving someonebecause we have been given the grace to love. Under the new covenant, we havebeen graced to receive God’s love and allow that love to spread to others. Thisbasically sums up the new covenant, which is the covenant of grace. We first receiveJesus’ love, and when we do, we discover how to love others.   


 


  1. According to the Law of Moses, the children of Israel were commanded to love the Lord with all their hearts, souls, and might (Matthew 22:35-40; Mark 12:28-31; Deuteronomy 6:4-6).  
    1. However, they could not love God perfectly as the Law required. The Law was perfect, but it couldn’t make them perfect.
      1. It was evident from the time they left Egypt to the time they wandered in the wilderness that they needed God’s grace.
      2. They received God’s grace under the Abrahamic covenant.
      3. However, the children of Israel started to believe they could keep the Law without God’s grace; they became arrogant (Exodus 19:5-10).
      4. By becoming confident in their own ability, they rejected the Abrahamic covenant.
    2. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever; however, He is operating under a different agreement now (2 Kings 1:12; Luke 9:51-56).
      1. We should rightly divide the Word of truth and learn God’s objectives and agreements.
  1. Jesus is the solution to the Law issue. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16).   
    1. The word “so” emphasizes the magnitude of God’s love.
      1. Jesus died on the cross because of His perfect love for us (Romans 5:7-9).
      2. The new covenant is the covenant of grace, which emphasizes God’s love for us and His willingness to show us His everlasting mercy (1 John 4:10, 11).
      3. When we fall in love with Jesus, that love overflows into all other relationships.
    1. Under the new covenant, He has promised to write His laws on our hearts. However, these commandments are not the Ten Commandments (Hebrews 8:10-13).
      1. We should love one another as Jesus has loved us, which is His new commandment (John 13:34, 35).
      2. The new covenant is all about having a one-on-one relationship with Jesus.  
      3. Love is the fulfillment of the Law. Following the promptings of the Holy Spirit far outweighs following the Law of Moses (Romans 13:9, 10).

Scripture References

  • Matthew 22:35-40
  • Mark 12:28-31
  • Deuteronomy 6:4-6
  • Exodus 19:5-10
  • 2 Kings 1:12
  • Luke 9:51-56
  • John 3:16
  • Romans 5:7-9
  • 1 John 4:10, 11
  • Hebrews 8:10-13
  • John 13:34, 35
  • Romans 13:9, 10

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