"Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is love and His Gospel is peace."
Don't worry, I know it's not Christmas! December the 25th may seem like forever ago, but the message is still relevant for the season of Lent. The best Christmas music, including this quote from "O Holy Night," reminds us of the depth of meaning behind Jesus' coming into this world.
Does it seem strange or inappropriate to talk about God's law? Many of us have an ingrained sense of individualism and independence that makes us resistant to anyone trying to compel us with God's law. "It's between me and God" is the mentality, and "it's nobody's business interfering and putting restrictions on that private part of my life."
"Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother; and in His name all oppression shall cease."
The thing we forget is that God's law is not at all about limiting our freedom or ruining our fun. God's law is love, that is, giving of oneself for the well-being of another. Love is what we're made for, the truth we're searching for. Christ has broken the chains of sin, division, and death, and shown us how to love. The Gospel promises us that if we repent and turn our lives to be in harmony with God's law, we will find healing, happiness, communion, and everlasting peace. Today, how might we turn away from false ways of living and learn to follow the law of love?
"Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth." --Psalm 86:11