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Do You Not Listen to the Law?

March 20, 2019

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Do You Not Listen to the Law?

People can listen  to all the law  in God’s word  and really want  to be bound  by that law  to do it.     They want the discipline of someone saying,  “You’ve got to go  to church — you’ve got to do  this much charity work — you’ve got to knock off  all the stealing,  adultery,  killing,  coveting,  etc. — you’ve got to honor your folks  and be kindly  to your neighbors.”

People can really want  to do all this  so that  they will become better people.     They feel  it will help them  to grow spiritually  and to be a real asset  to this world.     And,  when they put forth their very best efforts — and look good  in the eyes of others — they can give a nod of satisfaction,  feeling that they  ( and everyone around them )  really are much better off  obeying all the laws of God,  the very best they know how.

There is the stickler.     “The very best they know how”  will never,  ever  be good enough.     The law does not mildly suggest  that we be better.     It demands  “be holy” ,  or else.     The law does not allude  to everyone needing  to be nicer.     It strictly orders  “be loving”,   exactly the way Christ Jesus was loving.     The law does not indicate  that everyone should try harder.     It commands  that we “be perfect”  just as our heavenly Father  really is perfect.     Nothing less than absolute perfection  is expected  from the law.

That is why Paul asks in Galatians 4:21,

Tell me,  you who want to be  under law,  do you not listen  to the law?

In other words,  don’t we hear the consequences  for everyone  who fails to keep  absolutely  all  of the law?     The consequence  is eternal death  because nothing unholy can enter heaven.     One  “little”  sin makes us unholy — unfit for heaven.

Nobody can be accepted  as perfect  because of all our  past sins.     In love  and holiness,  God still demands perfection,  so  He sent Jesus  to suffer and die  as the payment  for all our sins.     So,  we do have a Savior.     Our sins are paid for.     King David says what really needs  to be done  in Psalm 32:5,

I acknowledged  my sin  to You,
And  did not cover up my iniquity;
I said,  “I will confess  my transgressions  to the LORD”;
And  You forgave  the guilt  of my  sin.

The only solution  is  an honest,  flat-out confession,  with no cover ups,  no blaming others,  no minimizing our guilt.     But,  just confessing sin  does not help —  until we take a second step.     Like David,  we need  to believe  that the LORD  will forgive  all of our sins — just because He promised.     David proclaimed,  “You forgave  the guilt  of my sin.”     It was not a weak,  “Well,  maybe someday God will forgive me.”     It’s a done deal.

We need to realize  that God is holy  and when He  makes a promise,  He keeps it.     We can depend  on the LORD  to forgive all of our sins.     In God’s eyes  we will be seen as  holy and pure  —  when we trust  in what Jesus Christ has done for us  on the cross.     Then,  when we know  how beloved we are  to our Savior,  we will just “want to”  live  in love  as He did.     We will not see our “trying”  as something that merits  God’s favor.     We just have a tendency  to be loving  because we are loved  by the Lord.

In that joy of forgiveness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for taking away all  of my sins  through the blood  of Jesus Christ.    Now let me truly and honestly live  for You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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