John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
“Mamma, bring it here”
“You can’t eat on the couch. Nothing has changed.”
By the looks of my daughter expecting me to hand her the food, it would seem I was giving her a new rule. But it was nothing new.
Does God’s moral law change? Leviticus 19:18 says, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself” In light of scripture, it doesn’t seem new. God doesn’t change. (Hebrews 13:8, Isaiah 40:8, 28, Numbers 23:19)Yet Jesus adds, “as I have loved you”. A love like that— laying down His life for ours, is revolutionary.
As bearers of Christ’s name, Christian, we are supposed to be living examples of Christ’s love. How can we love like that? Simply by experiencing Christ’s love through faith in who He is and what He did. We love because God first loved us. (1 John 4:19-21)
Motivated by Christ’s love, we are to live holy lives. See ‘Be Holy for I am Holy’.
The focus of the little book of Jude, is the doom of ungodly people, and a call for believers to persevere, “snatching [doubters] from the fire” (Jude 1:23). ‘Doubters’ is a description of people who’ve had a glimpse of God’s love/glory/providence or even miracles, and refuse/neglect to obey the gospel.
My expectation of my children not eating on the couch, though menial in terms of eternity, shouldn’t waver.
How much more solid is what God finds detestable v. desirable? (1 Corinthians 6:910) Sure, we’re not bound by circumcision and upholding the law of Moses. (Galatians 5) For if we broke even one part, we broke the whole thing. (James 2:10) However, now we are free to follow the Spirit, trusting God, and by nature follow His ways. (Galatians 5:18-21)
Jude 1:11, shows 3 examples of blatant disregard for God’s will. Cain’s vengeful jealousy led him to murder his brother. (Genesis 4:1-16). Balaam disobeyed God’s command, and prophesied for temporary personal gain. (Numbers 22-24). Korah and buddies acted insolently and “rose up against Moses” who was God’s appointed leader. (Numbers 16:1-35). All these stories present attitudes of pride and foolishly thinking they knew best, along with jealousy, selfishness, and greed. The felt need to override God’s will seems to stem from lack of faith and trust in God.
Jude also mentions the grumblers in the wilderness during Moses time, as examples of unbelief. (Jude 1:5, Numbers 11:1)
How often am I guilty of grumbling over my privileged situations? Like my daughter, having food but not wanting to eat it where she’s supposed to. As a mom of 4 seemingly ever-grazing kids, I think it’s best they eat at the counter. It’s not a moral law by any means, but just for the cleanliness of the house. Respecting one’s parents, however, is a wise thing to do. (Ephesians 6:1-3)
It reminds me of many wonderful gifts God gives us. With great privileges come great responsibilities:
- freewill only by God’s grace to realize that God’s ways are higher than our ways, and that He is worthy to dedicate our every moment to. (Revelation 4:11, Revelation 5:12)
- the gift of speech must be filtered before a word leaves our lips. (Psalm 141:3)
- even our thoughts must be checked by God’s word. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
- the ability to pray directly to God through Jesus making a way. We must not take this privilege for granted, but continually have this line of communication open to walk in the Spirit. (Ephesians 6:18)
- the wonderful gift of physical intimacy. And confining the activity to inside of marriage between husband and wife. (Genesis 2:24, Mark 10:7)
- the gift of life, being made in God’s image, and adopted into Christ’s sonship. (Ephesians 1:5) We have the obligation/privilege to follow Jesus. (1 Corinthians 6:20)
Can you think of other wonderful gifts of God with boundaries? Comment below!!
Dear Lord, thank-You for the amazing privilege to be Your child. Enable us, by Your Spirit, to walk in Your ways, and not the wayward path of the flesh. Ever increase our faith, that we stand firm in Christ. As you love us, may your love for others abound through us. ~Amen
Also read ‘Grace and Truth’
Psalm 33:11, Psalm 90:2, Psalm 102:25-27, Psalm 119:89,90