‘Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.’ Gal 6:2
What is the law of Christ?
The law of Christ is the Law of Love. It’s found in Matthew 22:37-40 where Jesus says:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”
Fulfilling the law of Christ will look different for each. It will always resonate with who we are and how we articulate it will reflect the depth of our understanding of ‘Whose we are.’ It will always look like Love.
Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:18 was that we would all ‘grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.’ He desired we would know this love that surpasses knowledge, that we would know He who is Love, while deeply appreciating ‘Whose we are.’
To love God demands we allow Him to Love us first (1 John 4:19). Once loved, we can then turn to love Him and others well. In doing so, we fulfil the Law of Christ and we can carry another’s burden. We love (as a verb) as Love (the Noun) fills us to overflowing.
As we be IN Love (it is positional as much as it is emotional) we can go love – as a verb.
Therefore, wherever we find ourselves, ask:
‘Who am I encouraging, strengthening and/or comforting (1 Cor 14:3) in my actions, words and prayers? How am I carrying the burdens of others practically? For as we do love, we fulfil the Law of Christ…
For what we carry together becomes lighter for us all.
© Beth Kennedy 2021