Fulfilling God’s Law Of Love In the Bible

First and foremost, we are commanded to love one another – everyone, without exception. No backing out, no ifs ands or buts. This isn’t a suggestion, but a clear directive from God.

Fulfilling God's Law Of Love In the Bible

Love is spelled out for us throughout the Bible. Love is described and explained. Love is demonstrated. Love is taught and it is commanded. Lets read more about this Law Of Love Jesus introduced In The Bible. 

Understanding Jesus’ Greatest Commandment

In Matthew 22:35-40, a Pharisee challenged Jesus by asking, “Teacher, which command in the Law is the greatest?” Jesus answered, echoing Deuteronomy 6:5, saying it is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”

He then went on to say, “Love your neighbor as yourself”, explaining that “all the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.” Jesus summarized the Ten Commandments into these two, calling them the greatest commandments. 

The first four of the Ten Commandments are about our relationship with God (no other gods, no idols representing other gods, not misusing God’s Name, honoring His Name as holy, and dedicating a Sabbath day to the Lord).

The last six of the Ten Commandments focus on our relationship with others (honoring parents and refraining from murder, adultery, stealing, lying, and coveting). 

If we are truly loving God and loving our neighbors fully, then we will be in line with following the Ten Commandments.  So then, following this new commandment fulfills the Law of Moses.

The Connection Between Loving God And Loving Others 

When God is our first and greatest love, His love flows through us to others. We love them with His unfathomable and uncorrupted love.

This special love of God comes from the Holy Spirit and is a kind of love only available to true children of God.  It is an unselfish love, a forgiving love, a pure love, a love created and defined by God and not by man. 

Self-love and self-focus will always distract us from loving like God. But God-love first will keep us on the right track as we are guided by the Holy Spirit. Self-love is whatever we want it to be.

The true love of God which leads us to love unlovable humanity is defined and accomplished by God Himself, and cannot be corrupted by selfish human evils.

Loving God In Everyday Life

So, what does this look like in real, everyday life? The way our love of God grows is by knowing God and being in relationship with Him with consistency. We do not naturally have this love, but God gives us the desire to love Him.

God commands us to love Him with all of our being, and then He supplies us with all we need to do it.

Here are some practical ways to experience an ever-increasing love of God:

  • Ask Him – pray that He will open your eyes to see His heart and to love Him with your entire heart, mind, and soul.
  • Read, study, and learn the Word of God, the Bible, in every way you can. 
  • Engage in prayer conversation with Him. 
  • Build your life upon the strong foundation of God’s love and the grace of God. 
  • Share your faith in your normal conversations, telling others about Jesus.
  • Be alert and obedient to God’s will and His calling.
  • Recognize that the Spirit of God is in you, guiding, convicting, and calling you to repentance when needed. 
  • Praise God in everything. Thank Him for His goodness, whether circumstances suit you or not. 
  • Live the Christian life with and before Him, centering your entire life around God. 
  • Trust in God’s goodness and His plans and purpose for you.
  • Keep God at the center of your relationships and all of your interactions.
  • Love everyone with the love of Christ – even those who are hard to love. 
  • Live every day with a humble heart, seeking God in everything.

What Loving Others Looks Like

Seeing people through the eyes of God is challenging, but we should always ask Him for help in seeing them with His eyes. He will always help us do His will when we ask for His help. 

 If you need help in forgiving someone, ask. When you want to give help to someone but don’t know what that person needs, ask God. When you know you should love your spouse, your neighbor, or even your enemy, go to God and ask. The Bible says in 1 John 5:14 “Now this is the confidence we have before Him: Whenever we ask  anything according to His will, He hears us.”

1 Corinthians 13 gives us a great overview of the characteristics of godly love. Here is the list from The Message Bible:

  • Love never gives up.
  • Love cares more for others than for self.
  • Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
  • Love doesn’t strut,
  • Doesn’t have a swelled head,
  • Doesn’t force itself on others,
  • Isn’t always “me first,”
  • It doesn’t fly off the handle,
  • Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
  • Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
  • Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
  • Puts up with anything,
  • It trusts God always,
  • It always looks for the best,
  • It never looks back,
  • But keeps going to the end.

I cannot add anything to this wonderful list of the qualities of love. Reading this list makes me aware that I want this kind of love. I want to see people with this kind of compassion, just as God wants me to see them. Like God sees them. 

The Bible is packed with examples of God’s love being shared through His people. These are not imaginary, made-up stories, but examples of real people of God, who have carried out such love, although still tempted with the desires of the flesh. 

Lessons On The Law Of Love

Jesus taught about loving our enemies and praying for our persecutors, pointing out that trusting Him enough to have such love identifies us as children of God. 

“You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? (HCSB)

Matthew 5:43-46

At the Last Supper, Jesus gave His disciples a new commandment. He instructed them to love one another, showing the world that they were disciples of Christ Jesus. It was just as unusual back then to have love for strangers and those who were unlovable as it is now. But when we love these people so freely, we are still, even today, showing them we belong to the Kingdom of God.

“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another.  By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (HCSB)

John 13:34-35

Paul’s Teachings On Love As The Fulfillment Of The Law 

In Romans, the Apostle Paul also teaches about love, explaining the law of love as the fulfillment of the Law of God. The message here is very clear. When we love others, truly love them, we will not violate any of the Ten Commandments, therefore we are still keeping God’s Law in full. We will do no one wrong when we have love for them. 

Be under obligation to no one — the only obligation you have is to love one another. Whoever does this has obeyed the Law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery; do not commit murder; do not steal; do not desire what belongs to someone else”—all these, and any others besides, are summed up in the one command, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”  If you love others, you will never do them wrong; to love, then, is to obey the whole Law. (GNT)

Romans 13:8-10

In his letter to the Galatians, Paul also taught about this principle. He referred to our freedom as believers who are in Christ Jesus and warned not to use that freedom as an opportunity to sin, but rather as an opportunity to love. He then repeated the words of Christ – saying that the statement “love thy neighbour” is the complete fulfilling of the Law, the full obedience to the Ten Commandments because of love. 

For you were called to be free, brothers; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. For the entire law is fulfilled  in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself. But if you bite and devour one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another. 

Galatians 5:13-15

Early Church Examples Of Spirit-Led Love

The Christians of the Early Church had a radical love for the unloveable. They took Jesus’ command very seriously, and not only believed that their love would identify them as Christians, but they lived it out daily. They shared everything and supported one another in any and every way. 

Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as anyone had a need. Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple complex, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with a joyful and humble attitude, praising God and having favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved.  (HCSB)

Acts 2:44-47 HCSB
Dear friend, you are being faithful to God when you care for the traveling teachers who pass through, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church here of your loving friendship. Please continue providing for such teachers in a manner that pleases God. (NLT)

3 John 1:5-6
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (NLT)

Galatians 6:2
Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning. (NLT) 
2 John 1:6

I have given just a brief summary of each of these Biblical teachings and examples of love and how to love. I encourage you to read and study the passages from the Bible on your own, praying for understanding and clarity. 

The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Love…

Without God, our love is generally limited to those we find easy to love. But the love of God is far more than this. Those who have put our faith in God because of Jesus have a special gift – we have the Holy Spirit, who brings us to another level, giving us the ability to love like God loves. 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit.  (HCSB)

Galatians 5:22-25

In this passage from Galatians, love is the first characteristic of this Spirit-fruit listed. The fruit we bear when we have the Spirit living in us is a singular type of fruit with multiple characteristics. The fruit of the Spirit is not just love, nor is it only patience. It is all of these nine characteristics in combination.

Just like an apple is round, it has seeds, it is crunchy and refreshing, the fruit that we bear through the Holy Spirit has nine main characteristics (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control)

NOTE: There are not nine types of fruit, but a single fruit type – that is the fruit that bears the characteristics of the Spirit. Bearing the spiritual fruit with the qualities of the Holy Spirit is similar to a fruit tree bearing the type of fruit it was made to bear. 

Each of the characteristics and qualities of good spiritual fruit is deeply connected and related to all of its other characteristics.

If you’re wondering just how the Holy Spirit gives us the ability to bear this fruit, you can read more in What Does Bearing Good Fruit Mean In The Bible.

Just like that fruit tree, when we have faith in God, and the Holy Spirit in us, the bearing of good fruit will come naturally to us. This is because our faith activates the Holy Spirit in us. Bearing this good fruit is a true miracle that the Spirit of God performs within us. 

The Spirit makes us able to grow love in ways that were impossible for us to attain on our own. The love produced is genuine, compassionate, and heartfelt. This type of love comes out of a pure heart that has been washed clean by the forgiveness of our sins through Christ. There is nothing in the way of our ability to love when we have a pure and good conscience. 

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Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  (NLT)

1 John 4:7-8

When we have a need we simply need to ask God to fill that need. Because we have the Holy Spirit, we can ask for love when we don’t feel love. We can ask for endurance when the way is long and hard. We can ask for healing for our weary hearts so that we can love like God and offer His sacrificial love to those around us. 

The grace of God can grow love where there was hostility and unforgiveness. He can implant a tenderness and compassion that wasn’t there to begin with, but that pours out of us toward even our enemies. 

Experiencing the outpouring of the love of God helps us to understand how to truly love others. Because of His grace, God’s love comes to us although we did nothing to deserve it. With the full awareness of how undeserving we are, that love can’t be hidden or hoarded.  It must be let out to spread and share with those around us. 

Loving God and loving others is at the heart of what it means to be a Christian. It’s not just about following rules but letting God’s love flow through us to everyone around us. When we love God first, everything else falls into place. The Holy Spirit helps us love in ways we couldn’t on our own, filling our hearts with love for even those hard to love. 

It’s not always easy. In fact, sometimes obedience is grueling hard work. But when we ask God for help, He gives us the strength to follow through, loving genuinely. Let’s strive to live out the love of God every day, showing the world what it truly means to follow Christ. 

Not everyone is your brother or sister in faith, but everyone is your neighbor,
and you must love your neighbor.

Tim Keller

Other articles in this The Fruit Of The Spirit series:

What Does Bearing Good Fruit Mean In the Bible?

21 Bible Verses On Living With The Joy Of The Lord

The Real Meaning Of Peace In The Bible

Fulfilling God's Law Of Love In the Bible

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