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The Law Of Liberty... A Wonderful Paradox


"So speak and so act like those who are to be judged by the law of liberty" (Jas.2:13).

First of all, lets get something straight about laws... Simply by their nature, laws restrict what a person is allowed or able to do. The law of gravity certainly has a restrictive nature on man's behavior. The government has imposed laws that restrict everything from how fast we can drive a car in certain areas, to thievery, murder and other stuff... God's laws restrict romance to just one's spouse, and speaking truth and kindness. By their very nature, laws prescribe behavior. If we take that at pure face value, prescribed behavior is the exact opposite of freedom, therefore, "law of liberty" or "law of freedom" as described in today's verse has a built-in contradiction... Ladies and gentlemen, we have a oxymoron here... While James previously used the "royal law" to describe love for one's neighbor, he now uses "Law of liberty" to entail all that God wills for His people to be and do. This being said, how can James consider God's will to be a law of freedom? Here's where the paradox that I used in today's title comes into play. James expresses in paradoxical form what is maybe the most basic truth that governs life, and the paradox is this: freedom can only be truly experienced within the context of restraint... Confused? Jesus addressed that same paradox in a little bit different form when He said, "he who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life" (Jn.12:25). To be quite honest and frank, the quest for unrestrained freedom is at the very core of the misery in the world today. God is completely free, but in His freedom, He chose to send His Son to us, to redeem for Himself a people of His choosing. God's freedom and His love for humankind are of one complete piece. When we obey and behave under God's laws, we are in essence, "partnering up" with Him... How wonderful is this.... I'll complete these thoughts tomorrow

Have a great day.... Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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