Those Darn Laws

My friend took on the responsibility of becoming a foster parent. Together she and her foster daughter outlined their priorities: the importance of communication, the expectations of completing chores and the importance of attending school. All parties involved agreed the rules were reasonable. Unfortunately, the young ward decided that the rules were made to be broken.

When she was disrespecting the rules, she was also disrespecting her foster parents. Our human nature treats the laws of God in the same manner. We really wonder what gives Him the right to lay down the laws we should have to live by. He can set the rules because He is God. When we disrespect His rules, we disrespect Him.

As sinners we detest the law of God because it reveals our sinfulness. The law reveals our waywardness and shows us how grossly inept we are at keeping the law. God keeps putting His law before us, so we will turn to Him. Once we turn to God and confess our failure to keep the law, God will lavish us with grace and mercy through the Savior. The law teaches that God has every right to judge and condemn sinners for their unlawful acts.

However, instead of judgment God brought forgiveness to sinners for their trespasses. When sinners break the law, the nature of God pours forth from the cross of Christ with the offering of forgiveness. “So then, the law is holy . . . righteous and good” (Romans 7:12 NIV 2011).

Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.

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