7 What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”[a] 8 But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead. 9 Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good. 13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.
In the permissive world we live in it seems that anything can be justified – it’s not trendy to ‘judge’ the actions of others. But it is my own actions I need to be concerned with. Without the ‘Gold Standard’ laid out by the law then I am free to do whatever I want without guilt. However I am called by God to live another way. It’s always a choice to do the right thing, it’s not our default setting. In fact the wrong thing can often seem so much more appealing!
The law is like an electric fence – it’s there to keep us safe from what lies beyond it, and if you push against it you are going to feel pain. I have to be responsible for my actions, try to make good choices and own up to my mistakes when I make them. The law is there to show me how much I need Jesus. Real freedom comes when we understand how much Jesus has done for us, sparing us from the condemnation that comes from failing to live up to the law.
Lord Jesus thank you so much for the freedom we find in you. Thank you that you set me free from condemnation. Lord help me to love you with all of my being and help me to love others just like you love me. Forgive me Father for the times when I get things wrong. Thank you Lord that your grace is more than enough. Amen
Written by Christine Knight