Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
Do I love the law of God? What is the law of God? Is it even possible to remember all of the laws of God?
When Jesus walked this earth He was questioned one day by a certain lawyer as to what was the greatest thing he could do in order to be pleasing to the LORD. Jesus answered that we are to love the LORD with all our being and then love our neighbor as ourselves. In Matthew 22:40 Jesus says, “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets”.
It may be said then, that if I can’t find peace in a situation and I am offended, it is because I have not yet embraced Christ’s love with all my being and I have not yet choose to love my neighbor as myself. I’m not talking about loving the wrong that someone is doing but rather choosing to love the person.
I am eternally grateful that Jesus Christ choose to love me and die for me on Calvary’s Cross even though I had plenty of wrong going on in my life. He gave His life for me because I had wrong, error and darkness in my life and needed Him and not because I was a good person who deserved it. Yet I am so quick to condemn someone and “write them off” when they commit wrong against me. Oh how unlike Christ we are!
The thing is that when someone does me wrong it offends me and I feel justified in those feelings because they are the one that is wrong. It’s difficult to see where I am lacking when I feel so justified because they did such a horrible thing to me. Yes it was horrible but it certainly doesn’t make sense to descend into their wrong when I could live above it in the love of God. Do you prefer living in offense or in love?
It doesn’t make their wrong right and doesn’t mean I must continue to submit to the wrong of someone else. It just means I live above that wrong in a place of no offense as Jesus did on the cross when He said, Father forgive them for they know not what they do.
Dear Jesus please teach me to love as you do.