The law of love
“ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE TILL IT HURTS, even until it hurts you?–Jesus did: He gave His life! God did: He gave His Son! David did: He said, “I will not give unto the Lord of that which hath cost me nothing!”–He gave until it hurt! God gives His Wife, the Church, continually in loving service to others! She is constantly engaged in trying to woo and win the world!”
(James 2:8 The Royal Law) If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well:
EACH AGE OR GENERATION OF THE CHURCH HAS TAKEN ANOTHER STEP OR SOME NEW STEP TOWARD SUCH FREEDOM from the harsh restrictions of the law to the total freedom of love through the grace of God; from material symbolism and mechanized ceremonialism to spiritual realities and total spiritual liberty–“the spirits of just men set free!”
“FOR WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS THERE IS LIBERTY”–total and complete freedom from the bondage of the law into total and complete freedom of life and liberty through love!–It’s the liberating law of love that gives life–not the enslaving “letter of the law that killeth.”
THIS LAST GENERATION OF THE CHURCH WILL PROBABLY HAVE AS MUCH TROUBLE IN HANDLING SUCH FREEDOM AS DID ITS FIRST GENERATION! It’s like giving a growing child a little more liberty at each new stage of development, a little more complicated and possibly even more dangerous toy, ushering in a new stage of growth and responsibility to see if he can be trusted with it. If he uses it wisely, he’ll be given more. If he plays with it foolishly and dangerously it may be taken away from him, as Paul had to do with the Early Church.
James 2:8 The Royal Law