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  1. What is your understanding of what the lesson means by the term, “moral law”? Is it the 10 commandments? What do you think of the logic and explanation of the “law of Christ” and the “moral law”? So, what is the law of Christ? Is it the law of love? And the 10 Commandments are an expression of the law of love, specifically adapted for humans in sin – for loving purposes. Can the law of love be annulled? Why or why not?

    How would you describe the law of love? How would you apply the law of love in relationship to others and their burdens? Why is it okay for a mother to brush the teeth of their 18 month old, but not okay for the same mother to brush the teeth of her 18 year old? Love seeks to build up and bless others, to help others develop their full potential, which means we don’t habitually do for others that which they are capable of doing for themselves.

    In the physical world strength increases as we exercise or stress our muscles against burdens or weights. No other person can exercise our muscles for us, if someone else lifts the weight they get the strength. Likewise, when it comes to character no one else can lift life’s individual responsibilities for you and you get the strengthening of character. No, if someone else lifts your burdens, that you are responsible for and capable of fulfilling, they get stronger and you get weaker.

    • While I agree that we shouldn't create in others complete dependency on us, thus robbing them of their own growth, our much greater task it to teach others to completely depend on Jesus. This is why Paul says "all" in Galatians 6:10 (Strongs "pas": each, every, any, all, everyone).

    • The Law of Gods Love:       I believe the great principles of God's law are embodied in the Ten Commandments and exemplified in the life of Christ. They express God's love, will, and purposes concerning human conduct and relationships and are binding upon all people in every age.  These precepts are the basis of God's covenant with His people and the standard in God's judgment. Through the agency of the Holy Spirit they point out sin and awaken a sense of need for a Saviour. Salvation is all of grace and not of works, but its fruitage is obedience to the Commandments. This obedience develops Christian character and results in a sense of well-being. It is an evidence of our love for the Lord and our concern for our fellow men. The obedience of faith demonstrates the power of Christ to transform lives, and therefore strengthens Christian witness.   I believe the great principles of God's law of love are embodied in the Ten Commandments. While the ceremonial and sacrificial laws of the Old Testament were fulfilled by the death of Jesus Christ, the 10 commandments are held to remain in force for Christian believers.  Matthew 5:17-20.

    • The law of love can only be actuated by the Holy Spirit, because we as a human race are naturally stratified in dealing with LOVE.

    • I like to look at it another way. The law of love or the law of Christ if practiced under the influence of the Spirit, fulfills the law. The Ten Commandments are the schoolmaster that reminds us what that law of love should look like. Always keep God first and only and treat our fellow man as we would want to be treated while staying alert for opportunities to help them out and console when needed.

  2. This is great...I believe it is important to help others in need. Like being a Boy Scout, to help an older person cross the street, or if it is snowing and you have a snow machine but your neighbor only has a shovel, why not clear their path. But there are events that I need to deal with on my own, like a bad habit or reckless behavior. If we were to put these things into practice, what type of a world would we live in?

  3. Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you... (Ps 55:22)
    Blessed be the Lord! Day after day he bears our burdens (Ps 68:19)
    We may have afflictions, but in Christ we find peace, so we can help others in their afflictions too (2 Cor 1:5)
    God so loved the world to the point of giving His own Son for it... including myself...
    He is able to give us plenty of love, so we can distribute it!
    How can I give anything that I myself do not have!
    Love God with all heart and mind...

  4. Stephen & Dave have the right idea on this. It's like the parents who consistently bail out their kids. Love and help all people but not at the expense of enabling them to keep repeating the same mistakes in which they will never grow...

    Well that's my two cents worth. :0) Blessings

  5. Christ Object Lessons page 128 "No man can rightly present the law of God without the Gospel, or the gospel without the law. The law is the gospel embodied, and the gospel is the law unfolded. The law is the root, the gospel is the fragrant blossom and fruit which it bears."
    Love God supremely and your neighbor, including your enemies, as yourself. Jesus demonstrated this in His earthly life.then He said,"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another." Matt 13:34

  6. The bible clearly states that we should bear one another's burden and so fulfilled the law of Christ . There are limits, for instance it's only so much that we can do for another's but they need to ask God to help them where human beings or they themselves fails.


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