Obey love

The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments. [Loving God and your neighbor] Matt. 22:40

Love seems like the antithesis to law. Relationships are complex and nuanced. Intent and motive don’t always translate in our words or behavior. The love we mean to express is not always accurately interpreted by other people. The baggage we carry and temptations we face sometimes distort our responses to God and others even though the love in our hearts is real. Placing all the commandments in this context puts the God who looks on the heart squarely in the judge’s seat.

Lord, help me to always associate obedience with obeying the law of love.