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The Chains of the Law are Broken: Free of Guilt and Grace for Free!

Food for the Spirit
July 9, 2013 / By / , , , , , , , , / 1 Comment

If your spouse, or your mom or dad told you in order to be accepted as a person, you had to perfectly perform 600+ rules, what would transpire in your mind?  Would you try to do them all?  Would you just throw in the cards and say, “Forget it!”  Would you try to do most of them, say the big rules that really stand out? 

I would fit in the “forget it” category.  J  That’s how so many people view God.  People are trying to earn their way to Him, trying to perform the top 10 commandments to be accepted by Him.  With even just 10 laws, comes a heavy burden, and you know what?  We can’t even perfect 10. (If you’ve ever exaggerated, or had a thought that was negative, you’ve broken the law.)  And even more burdensome, is that we can’t pick and choose which ones we are going to follow.  Because God is perfect, His standard is perfect. 

You’re seeing the problem, right?  But now can I share some good news with you?  Jesus came to bear the burden of the law.  I don’t know about you, but I am so SO so very thankful that I don’t have to toe the line and try to keep all of these rules!  Some of those laws were crazy!  I would have had a rough time earning my way to God because I have short hair (and sometimes braid it), am left-handed, and for many years loved everything BUT God.  Are you wondering where the good news is?  It says that Jesus came to nail the law to the cross.  He wiped out all of those requirements, nailing them to the cross, so we could be free from that heavy, guilt-ridden burden.  He cancelled our “need to do xyz to please God.”  It’s in Colossians 2:14.  Are you breathing a HUGE sigh of relief?  Those chains the law brings are BROKEN!

Now check this out.  Romans 4 says God’s promises, all the great things He gives to us, come by faith and never by works.  (“Works” meaning what we do or don’t do, which laws we adhere to, etc)  All the good God has for us only comes by faith, or believing in what Jesus did for us.  He took the law, the curse, and death itself with Him on the cross, died, and was raised up to defeat them all so we could live in freedom.  That’s why it says in John 8:36, “If the Son (Jesus) makes you free, you are free indeed.”   We are FREE!  He has freed us from ALL of the law, the curse and death, and better yet?  He’s given it to us as a gift.  It’s never based on our merit or our doings.  We either accept it or deny the gift He offers.  We are heirs to an amazing empire.  By believing in Jesus, we are saying we have faith in Him.  By having faith in Him, we are unlocking this beautiful exchange for a real relationship with Him, and with that comes a better life. (How has Jesus made your life better?)

The other way people try to do it is by doing lots of “good things” to please Him.  It says in Romans 4, that all the great promises God has for us, they only come by faith, and never by the law.  Read this verse (Romans 4:14-15 NLT)

14 If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless. 15 For the law always brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!)

Good huh?  I love that—especially the part about not having rules to break!  My whole life I got into trouble for breaking rules, so now that I know Jesus, I feel so much lighter and focused on good things!  Jesus took the law so our minds wouldn’t always be on “I’d better do this,” and “I’d better not do that,” and on and on.  He just wants our focus to be on Him, and how much He loves us.  This is grace.  We don’t deserve it, but that isn’t how God operates!  (If He did operate by deciding who “deserved it,” how would He decide who receives His promises?  Would He put everyone’s good doings on a scale, and if they measure up to His weight, you’re in?  What about the person who has done “bad doings” his whole life, and then the final couple of years of his life makes a complete turn-around?  His bad doings would still outweigh his good.  So this is what I call circular reasoning—it just doesn’t make sense.)  Grace is God outstretching His hand, and giving us all we ever need, every time.  His love is unending, and never dependent on our “doings.”   Doesn’t that make you thankful??

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Now to those who say, “So I can do anything?”  It’d be like this:  I know Scott, my husband, loves me unconditionally.  I know that no matter how many times I screw up as a wife, he’ll still love me and he would never leave me.  Does that make me want to go and have an affair because I know he’d forgive me?  Absurdity!!  I wouldn’t even have that thought!  In fact, his unconditional love for me compels me to love him back, it draws me closer to him, and makes me want to be the best wife I can be.  It helps me power forward, not move backward, or tip toe around like I am walking on eggshells.

Same scenario with God.  We aren’t being held down by hundreds of “must-dos,” nor are we walking on eggshells thinking He’s mad at us.  He cancelled the law through Jesus so we could love Him as much as He loves us.  We have the freedom to walk in His amazing blessings, and all of our decisions affect our relationship with Him.  We are compelled forward in our relationship with Him, because if He is for us, no one can come against us.  (Romans 8:31)  God cancelled the law, because if He didn’t, only those who could be the best at the law would “win.”  Who could accomplish that??  Instead, He cut a wider swath so ALL who had faith, or just believed in Him, would be an heir to the promises of God.

Isn’t that good news??  Don’t let anyone talk you into the law!  Leave that guilt behind you people!  Jesus came to obliterate all the junk between us and Him.  Now it’s suuuper simple.  And out of that fulfilling and rich relationship, we love, too.  No guilt, no shame, just love.  Free of guilt and grace for free, and as my hubs would say, “That’s just how He rolls.” :) God’s love for you is UN-stoppable, UN-breakable, and juuust for you.

Love you guys, and thanks for reading today.  Feel free to comment! 

 

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1 Comment

  1. Mom says:

    Beautiful thoughts! Thanks, Meghan! You are God inspired. Love you!

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