#20 May God Reduce Us to One Law!
Posted: Saturday, March 4th, 2017Print
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Romans 8:4 NASB
…so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
When I first became acquainted with the Lord Jesus in scripture, I was shocked by Him. I was reared to believe that manners and etiquette were the highest form of kindness to others. And Jesus walked by NO such rule. I couldn’t understand His (what I considered) rudeness. He was abrupt, confrontational, and even offensive. He seemed to care nothing for the feelings of others. He obviously didn’t live for the sake of kindness. And I began to ask Him, “What does this mean?”
Over time, the Lord had to attack my values – the Law of kindness – and cause me to abandon it as my rule of life. And I came to understand that Jesus lived by only one Law—the Law of the Spirit. He did and said only what the Father gave Him. He was not rude but forthright. He was not unkind but faithful. And His love was expressed in whatever way the Father gave Him. His love was not harsh but strong enough to say “NO.” His first love was for the Father, and anyone who interfered to take God’s place was met with that fearsome “NO!”
1 John reveals that love is obedience to the Father. Jesus walked by the love that is founded in obedience. Obedience to the Father is the highest kindness to others.
The Lord Jesus walked by no man’s law or expectation of Him. He walked by no rigid concept of the Law of Moses. He functioned by the Holy Spirit’s understanding of the heart of the Law of God. He lived simply by that Law, without complication or confusion. He was not conflicted by all the forms of man-made laws as we are.
May God reduce us to one law: the Law of the Spirit of Life!