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A Law For Embracing

"If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the scripture, YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF, you are doing well... So speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law of liberty" (Jas.2:8 & 12).

In his epistle, James introduces two (2) laws.... The royal law in 2:8, and the law of liberty in 2:12. Both of these laws were and are designed to help us to live a better life. When people embrace these laws, God's laws, they are not chaffing restraints. They are the stuff that gives color, goodness and joy to everyday living. They make our lives better here, and set us up for the next life... The law of liberty needs to be an embraced law. It has to be embraced because it is prescribed by a wonderful, loving and gracious God who desires that all have life, both in this world and for eternity. In the Mosaic law, when God said, "Thou shalt not," He meant, "do yourself no harm..." In Moses' own words, God's laws and statutes are "for our good always..." (Deut.6:24). As weird as this may sound, obeying and embracing God's laws actually make people free. I am presently reading a book entitled 1776 by David McCullough. It is a wonderfully written account of how the thirteen (13) colonies planned and fought the war that gained us our freedom from Great Britain. It was all about freeing ourselves from the restraints of another country, and living as an independent and free country. Once we won the war, we were able to write and enact our own set of laws that insured this freedom. When James explains the royal law and the law of liberty to us, they are laws of freedom. Both of them call upon Christians to be partners with God through obedience, and here's the point we should not miss... Being partners with God in obedience, it is to embrace God's law, not simple obey it. In the hymn, "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" (Mrs.C.D Martin & Charles H. Gabriel 1905) I am reminded of the refrain....

"I sing because I'm happy
I sing because I'm free,
for his eye is on the sparrow,
and I know he watches me

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Thank God I'm Forgiven.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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