Love is the Fullfillment of the Law


“‘And you shall love the L-rd your G-d with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
“The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

“Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled Torah (Law).For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”Romans 13:8-10

“Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law.” Romans 3:31

Putting all these together, this is the conclusion:

“Love the L-rd your G-d with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. Love is the Higher Law, and is the fulfillment of the Torah (Law). Love does not negate the need for keeping His commandments, but rather is both the motive and the result for doing the good deeds contained in His Word.”

“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Yeshua came to teach us that our actions must be backed up by the proper heart motives. He came to teach us how to love one another. And He said that this would be what would show the world we were His talmidim (disciples).

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

This is how we can know that we know G-d and abide in Him.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from G-d; and everyone who loves is born of G-d and knows G-d. The one who does not love does not know G-d, for G-d is love. By this the love of G-d was manifested in us, that G-d has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved G-d, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if G-d so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen G-d at any time; if we love one another, G-d abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.” 1 John 4:7-13

It is not enough to love from our own frame of reference, we must learn to love how G-d loves. His love is perfect and undefiled. That is what the commandments in the Torah are designed to teach us–to love how He loves. By continuing on the path of faith with His mitzvot as my guide and a heart bent toward Him and His perfect will, I will succeed, and you can too!

Blessings and Shalom,