Law and Love

By T.M. Moore - Posted at The Fellowship of Ailbe:

Love God? Love His Law.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
- John 13.34, 35

Thus unity of minds and peace and charity then can be assured, spread abroad in the bowels of believers by the Holy Ghost, when all alike long to fulfill the divine commands...
- Columbanus, Letter to Certain Bishops, Irish, 7th century[1]

Many people today have a hard time putting the Law of God together with the love of Christ. They profess to be led by the love of Jesus while, at the same time, they ignore – and in some cases, vilify – the Law of God.

“Law” is so formal, rigid, obligatory, and binding, while “love” is so spontaneous, warm, personal, and liberating.

Right.

That view of love reminds me of the 1960s flower children, who cast off all restraints and indulged themselves in whatever pleasures they thought might make them feel good, all in the name of peace and love. Today’s culture of sexploitation is the result of that view of love.

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