THE BEST SUMMARY OF LAW / OLD COVENANT
May all Christians who follow in the footsteps of Jesus be blessed. Peace!
"The whole law is summed up in this single commandment: 'You shall love yours as closely as yourself."
This phrase is from Paul the Apostle: a short, stupendous, polished and clarifying phrase.
It tells us what should be the basis of Christian behavior, what should always inspire it: love of neighbor.
The Apostle sees in the practice of this commandment the full fulfillment of the law. In effect, the law says not to commit adultery, not to kill, not to steal, not to desire ... And we know that the one who loves does not do any of this: he does not kill, he does not steal ...
"The whole law is summed up in this one commandment: 'You shall love yours as closely as yourself."
However, the person he loves not only avoids evil. Whoever loves is open to others, wants good, does good, knows how to give himself: he even gives his life for the person he loves.
That is why Paul writes that by loving his neighbor, not only is the law fulfilled, but "all the law" is fulfilled.
"The whole law is summed up in this one commandment: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"
If the whole law is contained in love of neighbor, we need to see the other commandments as a means to enlighten us and guide us to know how to find, in complex situations in life, how to love others; We need to know how to discover God's intention, his will, in other commandments.
He wants us to be obedient, chaste, mortified, meek, merciful... to better fulfill the commandment of charity.