Weekly Devotional

"Be transformed by the renewal of your mind"

The Law of Christ's Kingdom

2016-09-18 by Sandor Kotzeff

"If you had known what these words mean 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the innocent. Matthew 12:7

     For the Jewish people, God had strict Laws set in place for them so that they might glorify Him through acts of faith and spiritual discipline. This Law was to serve as a temporary substitute until Jesus came to the world to fulfill God's promise to save the souls of those who had faith in Him. Now that Christ's sacrifice has done its work in forgiving sin, how does The Law of God still affect the life of a disciple?

     When asked what the greatest of all the Laws were, Jesus replied; "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." and "Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." (Matt 22:37) These are not the only two guidelines a Christian needs to concern themselves with but will serve as a strong foundation to the behavior and motivations of the Christian heart.

     The Law of the Christian is centered not on meticulous, ritualistic activity, but by a conviction to live a Christ-like life. With a heartfelt compassion and genuine love for Holy righteousness, the effects of God's presence will no doubt trickle down into the rest of our lives. To love God is to desire to reflect the image of His human form (Jesus,) and will result in a thirst to glorify Him. When we love God, we will love his creation. We will love his miracles and see them reflecting in every corner of our reality. A genuine love for Christ will result in a genuine love for our neighbors, and a genuine hatred of sin. It will also open our eyes to the scriptures so we can see the truth of Christ in God's law, so it might be made clear for us what laws still apply to the Christian, saved by Grace.

     Prayer: God. I trust in your Word. I trust in your Son, and I trust in the perfect work done by you. Give me eyes to see what your law really calls me to do. Let your Spirit enable me to discern the rules put in place by man and the Holy Law that has been put in place by You, and let me not be swayed to compromise your Law to conform to the world's view of righteousness. I ask this for Jesus sake. Amen.