The Law and Grace


The Law VS. Faith

I am going to take a moment and be totally transparent.   When the whole Jesus thing was first introduced to me I thought it was a whole lot of things I couldn’t and shouldn’t do. I was living my life and dealing with my hurt and pain the best way I knew how.  It never really got me any closer to true happiness, but my life has had its moments. I was blind to the fact that there could be anything more. A happiness that could last longer than the moment I was in.

As I have read the bible more,  built my own beliefs about who Jesus was, and who God is to me, I have begun to see something different.  Where I saw rules and a whole bunch of things not to do, there was actually freedom, and joy, and most of all GRACE.

Romans 3:20

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

Paul is explaining how and why we are saved.  He says that the law, that was written down through Moses, is there to show us what sin is.  After all, how would we know what we are doing is wrong if there are no guidelines for what right and wrong are?  The old testament was filled with a very long list of things that you could not do.  There was also a list of things that you had to do. Sacrifices you needed to make.

When you see a child in public acting like a hellion, we’ve all seen them, don’t pretend you haven’t, your first thought is “where is that kids parents?”  I’ve thought it, and it’s even been my kid at some point. Well, that child does not come out of the womb knowing that throwing themselves on the ground in the middle of the grocery store and screaming so the entire parking lot can hear, is wrong.  That is the job of the parents to inform that child that they better get their butt up off the ground or they will get in BIG trouble. Because it’s wrong. Of course they will still do it occasionally, because they’re children, but they now know that it is wrong and that there will be consequences.

That is law.

We are sinful by our very nature, and when you tell us not to think about a purple elephant, wouldn’t you know that is ALL we can think about. So of course we sin and continue to fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

God loves us so much that he didn’t want to watch us continue to fail. Never being able to really succeed.

That is why he sent his son! He loves us too much to watch us fail. Jesus came in the very nature of sinful humans so that he could be our sin offering. He died in order for the righteous requirement of the law to be fulfilled.

3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own son in the likeness of sinful humanity to be a sin offering.  And so he condemned sin in human flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement on the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.

(Romans 8:3-4)

That doesn’t mean the law goes away and we live however we want whenever we want. It’s like when you finally become an adult.  When you go back to your parents house, you know they have certain rules. Will you get a spanking if you disobey them? Hopefully not, because that could make for a very awkward Christmas dinner.  However you will probably get the stink eye.  Anyone who has disobeyed your parents in public knows exactly what I am talking about!  That look that says “oh no you did not just so that!”

I have two little girls, they are adorable, and precious to me. But they know “the look.” My oldest is only four and I think I have perfected “the look.” When you are an adult you only get “the look.” There is no major discipline that follows. No bathroom visits to ‘talk’.  The look tells you that you have stepped over the line a little and you need to recalculate you steps a bit.

That’s how it is with the law.  We have rules and guidelines that God wants us to follow. We no longer have the same discipline that there was before Christ came. We no longer have to suffer death for not following the letter of the law.  But that does not give us the right to throw the rule book out the window.  God is the master at ‘the look’, you know you’ve felt it before.

Sometimes I feel like God is up there looking down on me and saying “Really, really Sarah?” When you get that feeling you know it’s time to recalculate.  There are always consequences to our actions. Most of the time we bring them upon ourselves with the choices we make.

You know if you need to recalculate. It’s a feeling that is not easy to ignore.  But you can’t know where to move to, if you don’t what you’re moving away from.  That is why you need to know the law. To study the bible and decide where your feet are going to tread today.

If you don’t know the law, you can never truly appreciate and understand God’s grace.

Grace means that all of your MISTAKES now serve a PURPOSE instead of serving shame!


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