“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” These are Jesus’ own words taken from the book of Matthew. What He’s saying is to love God and love others because this is the base of all laws.
Jesus’ philosophy was to follow the spirit – the intention, what you’re supposed to do – of the law and that is why He gave the Law of Love: the verse from Matthew above. Love was Jesus’ philosophy. One definition of philosophy is: something that you conduct your life according to. A philosophy is in essence a law. Jesus conducted his life according to love which is why He gave the Law of Love: the above verses from Matthew.
Before, Israel had been governed by the Mosaic Law which focused on all the things that people weren’t supposed to do. This meant that if people weren’t directly breaking the law, they could do whatever they wanted. Jesus’ new law changed the outlook to what people were supposed to do which was be loving. If you followed the law of love, you wouldn’t only not hurt people, but you would try your best to help them, share with them, and show them love.
If you think about it, the Law of Love encompasses everything. It covers all of the commandments from the Mosaic Law, because if you’re focused on love, you won’t commit adultery, you won’t steal, you won’t cheat, you won’t lie, you won’t kill because none of those things are acts of love.
Jesus lived His philosophy in every way all throughout His life. For example, when an adulteress was brought to Him for His judgment, Jesus didn’t get all self-righteous and start accusing the woman. Instead, in His love, he forgave the woman and told her to sin no more. The Pharisees wanted to accuse Him of letting a woman break the law, but that didn’t matter because Jesus was following his philosophy, the law of love, which was the ultimate law.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” This is Ephesians 2:8-9 and it shows the love that Jesus had for us by giving us salvation as a free gift. It’s another way that He lived his philosophy of love.
I don’t think that anything more needs to be said. What Jesus lived was as simple as anything, so basic. He made it that way so that we could follow His example in the easiest, simplest way possible. What more can I say?