Against Such Things There Is No Law

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Could there ever be a law against love? Isn't love the deepest longing of every human heart? Surely, no one would consciously make a law to prohibit love. But these days there are many perspectives on what love is. Love is being redefined according to people's subjective feelings. For example, I might think you love me if you give me what I want. But it would probably be closer to the mark to say that you love me if you give me what I need.

Love seeks the best interest of the one loved. It is the highest state of awareness of the needs of others. That is why ignoring someone is the highest form of hatred. Yahshua the Messiah said, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."1 The Apostle John said, "By this we know love, that He [Yahshua] laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers."2

So we know that true love is self-sacrificing -- putting the needs of others above our own. At least this is how the Word of God defines it, and that carries great weight, for He is the Author and Creator -- the Originator. Love is the very essence of God. All God is is love. Another way you could describe our Creator is "Father." Love and father -- two very important words that should be synonymous. Our Father in Heaven is a loving Father, as He expects all fathers to be to their children.3 Apart from the necessary love of a father, a child does not have a father, even if his biological father is present.4 Many children today are ignored by their so-called fathers. These children are fatherless. Perhaps there should be a law against hating a child.

In Germany and many other countries, laws have been passed against using spanking as a form of child discipline. So in light of the Word of God, and what it says plainly in Proverbs 13:24, we would appeal, "Your honor, shall I disobey God and hate my child, or should I disobey the State and love my child?"

He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him. (Proverbs 13:24)

Commanding Our Children in God's Way

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 6:4-7)

For I have chosen him so that he will command his children and his house after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. This is how the Lord will fulfill to Abraham what He promised him. (Genesis 18:19)

Should there be a law against teaching our children at home as we are commanded to do by God? Wouldn't that put us in an impossible position between God and the government of the nations, which He also commands us to respect? The time will come when there will be no place left on earth where God's people will have the freedom to live according to their sincere desire to obey His commands. But we don't believe that time has yet come, when He will be completely rejected by the nations.

We hope there could be a restoration of objectivity and sanity in the consideration of restoring the rights of loving parents to raise their children according to their sincerely held faith in God and His word. We appeal to men of conscience everywhere to make room for the Living God and His people in your country. For He so closely identifies with His people that whoever blesses them will be blessed and whoever curses them will be cursed. We desire to bring a blessing wherever we are!

I will bless those who bless you, I will curse those who treat you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you. (Genesis 12:3)

  • 1. John 15:13
  • 2. 1 John 3:16
  • 3. Malachi 4:6; Genesis 18:19; Ephesians 6:4
  • 4. Hebrews 12:7-11

The Twelve Tribes is a confederation of twelve self-governing tribes, composed of self-governing communities. We are disciples of the Son of God whose name in Hebrew is Yahshua. We follow the pattern of the early church in Acts 2:44 and 4:32, truly believing everything that is written in the Old and New Covenants of the Bible, and sharing all things in common.

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