Lenten Reflection for Thursday, March 14, 2019

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase: “the law of God”?

Read James 1:22-25
22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

How can you avoid forgetting what God’s Word tells you about yourself and what you should do (1:25)?

The perfect law that sets you free (1:25). The word “Law” is often mistaken to refer to rules, regulations, or the Ten Commandments. In the Old Testament God’s “Law” was understood first and foremost to be God’s “instruction” or God’s “counsel”. The Law is “perfect, reviving the soul” (Psalm 19:7); it is a complete, flawless expression of how people should treat God and each other. Following God’s instruction and teaching nurtures our souls by keeping us near God. People often think that God’s teaching restricts us, but in fact, God’s word frees us more and more from sin so we can be who we were created to be (Romans 6:14-23).

Thank God for the opportunity to be the person you were meant to be!

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