God’s Law to Love

The Law in the Old Testament gets a bad rap. Many people, even Christians, complain about the restrictiveness of the Old Testament laws. Don’t do this, don’t do that. Be careful to carry things out a specific way, or else. We feel much more comfortable with what we consider to be the New Testament message of grace through Jesus Christ. “Whew!” we sigh, “How nice to dodge the hammer of the Law thanks to the relief of G.R.A.C.E.—God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.”

What do we do, then, with Christ’s own words “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill” Matthew 5:17 (NKJ)? Jesus didn’t have a negative view of the Law; in fact, as the Word made flesh, He was the Law.

The writer of Psalm 119 held the proper attitude toward the Law. He expressed, “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; for they are ever with me” Psalm 119:97-98 (NKJ). God’s Law makes me wise by showing me that of which God approves. The Law reveals God’s holiness, thus showing me what God is like. The better I know God, the closer I can grow to Him.

Grace is fabulous and we ought to be thankful for it; however, let’s not pit grace against the Law. They both are now and always have been from God, and both are to be loved.

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on December 1, 2011.

One Response to “God’s Law to Love”

  1. Exceptional entry I found it very interesting I ll check back later to see if more posts are added

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