From an early age, the idea of boundaries is a turn off. At birth, human nature introduces a curiosity similar to that which led Eve to break God’s lone law, eating from the Tree of Knowledge. As a parent, condemnation comes naturally, a common response to children who disobey you. Yet, Jesus reminds a large crowd during the first century that love should be applied to Jewish law.
If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? – Matthew 5:46-47
Jesus uses common sense to drive home this point. Pagans lived by a different set of standards. Jews were expected by God to be set apart, striving to apply biblical principles. Yet, if a Christian’s love is no different from a Pagan, what’s the point. Therefore, individuals should make it their ambition to add love to the law.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me, 1 Corinthians 13:11.
The only problem is this goal requires maturity as love doesn’t come naturally. This fruit of the Spirit is an acquired trait nurtured by the Holy Spirit. At some point people have to grow up by developing a will to love. Hanging around like minded people, growing in your knowledge of the Bible and practicing prayer is a good place to start. However, if you want to fulfill Jesus’ request, make sure your feelings are held in check, sanctified by love.
by Jay Mankus