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Lent Day 22 – The Law

by gary-foote on March 26, 2014

Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:17-20

What is more loving: letting the person you love do whatever he or she wants to in any circumstance or setting limits and rules for the person you love so that he or she won’t find the path of hurt and destruction? Oftentimes in life, we mislabel Jesus when we profess that He has come to set us free. Yes, He is our great liberator, but what has He freed us from? He hasn’t freed us from responsibility such as following the law of God. Why would He free us of the law of God when it was put into place by a loving Father to protect us? No, the freedom that Jesus offers to us is a radical freedom from sin, which is the worst type of bondage we could have, the bondage that weights us down to hell. So why is it that we often fight to continue to keep the sin that destines us for hell while at the same time not following the law of God which brings us protection from God and hurt?

During this season of Lent, maybe it’s time for us to honestly ask: God, am I holding fast to your freeing law or to my damning sin? God is giving us plenty of opportunity during these 40 days to reorder our lives; all we have to do is take advantage of it. 

* DESIGN CREDIT – ED KAMENSKY HTTP://EDWARDKAMENSKY.COM

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