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Proverbs of a 40 yr. old man

"The law of God is" series. The law of God is not burdensome. Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. For the true love of God is this: that we habitually keep His commandments and remain focused on His precepts. And His commandments and His precepts are not difficult to obey. If it had not been for the Law, I would not have known what sin is really like. For example, I would not have known what it means to want something that belongs to someone else, unless the Law had told me not to do this. It was sin that used this command as a way of making me have all kinds of desires. But without the Law, sin is dead. When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death. But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit. For sin will no longer be a master over you, since you are not under Law as slaves, but under unmerited grace as recipients of God’s favor and mercy. Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law. "This is the covenant I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord. I will put My laws in their hearts and inscribe them on their minds." Blessed is the man that finds delight in the law of the LORD, for he meditates on His law His precepts and teachings day and night. Is there a conflict, then, between God’s law and God’s promises? Absolutely not! If the law could give us new life, we could be made right with God by obeying it. But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ.

Study Ps. 37:31



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