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The Purpose of the Law

The Law seems like a bummer to those who want to do things their way. And today in our country we have something I never thought I would see—defunding of police officers who maintain the law. The lawless one is at work right now in our society, but God’s Law still stands. God’s Law revealed our need of salvation when we realized that we could not meet it, but Christ fulfilled the Law on our behalf. The purpose of the Law was so we would know God’s righteous standards, so sin would not separate us from our Holy God.

Bible Reading of the Day: Proverbs 27-28

No one likes to have boundaries until those boundaries protect us, right? The laws we have in this land are for our good and Scripture says that we are to submit to them. But there is a higher Law still that our souls desperately need to follow. And God’s grace is enough for us.

Proverbs 28:4-5

“Those who reject the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law pit themselves against them. 5 The evil do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand everything.”

When we reject the laws on earth, there are consequences, just as there are consequences when we reject god’s law. But when we love God’s law and think on it constantly, we are blessed.

The Purpose of the Law—Loving God’s Law

Psalm 119:17

“Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.”

Living according to God’s way is a lifestyle. It is not just about external obeying of do’s and don’ts, but an abiding and seeking to live according to his word. Doing so impacts our character and actions. Not doing so will harden our heart as we seek to live by our own rules.

Proverbs 28:14

14 “Happy is the one who is always reverent, but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.”

The Purpose of the Law—To Make Us More Like Jesus

When we love God’s word and live by it, we become a person of integrity and following God’s ways is part of the paradigm we live by.

18 The one who lives with integrity will be helped, but one who distorts right and wrong will suddenly fall.”

20 A faithful person will have many blessings, but one in a hurry to get rich will not go unpunished.”

Scripture of the Day: Proverbs 28:13

“People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.”

We have to own our sins and our mistakes in order to move past them. Acknowledging where we have fallen short puts us in position to receive mercy. Ultimately, whether or not we obey God’s word will bear fruit in our lives and we all will be held accountable.

Application

Following God’s Law and the laws of the land leads to blessing.

7-Fold One-Year Bible Reading Plan

Day #271: Proverbs 27-28

Scripture of the Day: Proverbs 28:13

Listen: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Prov.27

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