The law of Christ would be well known to most of us, particularly if you’ve been in Church for a long time (you may have sung it). Although Jesus expounds on this topic in other places, there is no greater foundation than when a Jewish Scribe approaches Him in Mark chapter 12, asking Him this question:
‘Which command is the most important of all?” Jesus replies, “Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.’
There is no greater foundation for the law of Christ than this answer. Even though Jesus fulfills the Old Testament law, there are still some teachings that are for us today. This is one of them. But that’s Jesus. We’re in Galatians 6: Paul expounds the law of Christ in three ways here, and he gives it a little flavour by adding a third dimension to it all.
1) Love God
2) Take care of each other
3) Judgment is coming
“The law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2
What does it mean to love God? Without the starting point that God loves you I’d say that loving Him is a truly hopeless endeavour. So let’s talk about God’s love for you. In fact, let’s go back to Galatians 2:20 to see how Paul speaks of God’s love: