The Royal law! Immediately our minds gravitate toward relationship to a king or a queen. This type of thinking is a correct way of thinking because the word royal is defined as pertaining to a king, queen or sovereign rule or monarchy.
This being the case, having set our foundation for this teaching, we will explore the royal law of the bible. James 2:8 says, “If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well.”
Again, as a reminder, the word royal in this particular law has made this a kingdom law because the word royal deals directly with kingdom living. According to the bible if we complete or achieve this law we are doing well or better yet doing well in the kingdom. so let us dissect this law and attempt to get a better understanding as to why it’s labeled a royal law.
The royal law states that we should love our neighbor “AS” we love ourselves. Now many of us when reading this statement, ignore the full understanding as to what it is saying to us. The meaning of the word as it implies: to the same degree, amount, or extent, similarly, or equally to something or someone.
So, in essence, the royal law is suggesting that I love my neighbor according to or similar to how I love myself. This clearly indicates that I have to master or at least understand how to love me before I can honestly exercise loving someone else. Most folks believe loving themselves means to buy a new outfit, treating themself to a vacation, etc. however this misunderstanding of loving oneself is entirely superficial and is void of any form of root or substance.
Based on the above understanding, the next question that should be asked is how do I love myself? (Of course outside of being egotistical or self-centered)? Well! The first thing I have to do in achieving this objective would be observing what the biblical principles state concerning this matter.
The biblical principle states, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” Prov. 23:7. The bible goes on to suggest that all matters begin from my heart which includes love Matt. 15:18-19. Now that I have an understand ing of these principles, I must determine that in order for me to love myself and others for that matter, it is a must that I revisit the present condition of my heart, in terms of what I have defined love to be or not be. this heart condition directly impacts how I will demonstrate love towards others.
According to scripture, it tells me the original state of my heart, before transformation, that is my heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked (Jer. 17:9). Wow! To deceive means to make someone believe something that is not true. So regarding my heart’s present state, it is convincing me of things that are not true, especially the reality of love. Secondly, I’m told that it is desperately wicked, meaning that it is conjuring up evil continually. So it is made even clearer why I must revisit its condition.
Now, as a believer, the kind of love that I should be practicing here, ought to be an agape love: meaning a love that comes with no conditions, the one that does not require something from someone else to be activated. I must review my heart and ask myself the question, do I love myself in spite of what has happened in the past? The second issue I must ask myself, have I forgiven myself for what I or someone has done to me in the past? And thirdly, am I truly happy? If you’ve answered no to any of the above questions my suggestion to you is that you presently have a heart condition, which is in urgent need of repair. Unfortunately, this condition has disabled your ability to love without condition (agape love). What does this all mean? Well, it indicates that whatever age you are now, let’s say your thirty years old, well for thirty years you’ve loved yourself and others with conditions.
Firstly, to begin the repairing of my heart/mind, so that I can start enjoying myself and exercising agape love, I must start casting down any and all imagination and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God(2 Cor. 10:5). An example of this would be, the knowledge of God that says to me, love my enemies; however, my imagination immediately fights Gods command by resisting, with the excuse that my enemies have done me wrong. At this point, your thoughts are being exalted above the knowledge of God, which now makes this a stronghold in your mind.
The truth is you must bring this and any other like thoughts into captivity, to the obedience or order of Christ, according to scripture. This activity is classified as spiritual warfare, and the battlefield for this is your heart/mind. This is an ongoing fight, your renewed spirit in Christ is saying love those that hate you, your natural mind is saying absolutely not, because they’ve wrong you or they don’t deserve it.
This is indeed a stronghold; strongholds are literally mindsets a determined way of thinking with no compromise, consistently fighting against anything that resists it.
Please don’t be discouraged, because there is hope. The Apostle Paul, through his divine revelations, offers hope to those who desire to be successful in this ongoing battle. Paul said, “Be not conformed or in harmony with this world, but instead be “TRANSFORMED” by the renewing of your mind (Rom. 12:2).
The word transform comes from the Greek word metamorphoo, which is where we get our English word metamorphosis, which is defined as a marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function through a process. An example of this would be a tadpole transforming into a frog or a caterpillar changing into a butterfly. The bottom line folks is the old identity must die to bring about the new identity; we must relinquish our way of thinking to embrace the new way. God’s word says there is a way unto us that seems right, but at the end of that way is destruction (Prov. 16:25).
So renewing my mind suggests that I must read and study God’s laws or his word, which will begin the process of destroying what I have determined to be love. That love came with conditions, which is the old way of thinking. The word of God will simultaneously transform me into my new way of thinking, and that new way is there are no conditions to loving me or others. The royal law is a way of life, better yet a mindset that supersedes my natural five senses. Meaning I love myself and others in spite of whatever challenges that love.
To maintain and sustain The royal law, you must guard your transformed heart/mind with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life (Prov. 4:23). Maintaining my newly transformed heart indicates that I must guard and monitor what my eyes see and my ears hear because these are the points of entry to my heart, which when left unchallenged caused the original pollution.
Only Agape love can cover a multitude of wrong.
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