1 John 2:7 – “Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before.”
John is talking about the law of love and states that it’s an old commandment, one that God spoke of since the time of Moses. Jesus echoed this law when He quoted the two greatest commandments – to love the Lord your God and to love others as yourself. This is the law of love and it had been around for a long time. John was now placing the entire weight of the law on this one law.
You see, the law determines the lowest you can go. The law says “don’t kill,” but that’s the very lowest you could go. We don’t walk around saying, “I’m glad I made it through another day without killing someone.” Love determines the highest you can go. We do say, “Was I loving to those God brought in my path today?” Love says “don’t just ‘not’ kill people, do nice things for people.”
Love propels you to action, law compels you to inaction. Law says “don’t.” Love says “do.”
Consider parents – there are laws in the U.S. that arrest people for child neglect. But parents don’t wake up in the morning and say to each other, “We better get out of bed and get the kids fed, dressed, and off to school or we’re going to get arrested.” No. Their love for their kids compels them to do what’s best for their kids – and because of this love they don’t need a law to tell them what to do.
This is how the love of God in our hearts takes over. When God’s love is inside of us we will do to others what we want done to ourselves. Therefore, we don’t need a law that tells us to not steal from them or kill them. Those laws are for people who aren’t led by love. We still need the law because there’s sin in the world and there has to be a system of punishment for it. But the answer to all our world’s problems is the love of Jesus Christ manifesting itself in the lives of human beings! That solves everything.