The freedom of law-keeping

Twice in the book of James God tells us of the “law of liberty”, the law that we as Christians keep. It is very different to the laws we are accustomed to, for as the name states, this law is a law that brings liberty and freedom. This is a law that we will be judged by, and therefore need to embrace as the freedom-giving precepts of life

James 2:12
So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty.

This law is simplified for as in verse 8

James 2:8
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.

A similar promise of success is offered earlier in James for knowing and obeying the “law of liberty”

James 1:25
But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

When you read the Scriptures, read them to find out how to treat those around you. As you gaze with that intent into God’s Word, devise ways to do so that day. As those with the Holy Spirit of God, we have the freedom to obey from the heart. As you demonstrate simple Christian kindness, love, and care to those you interact with today, you will find many other sins already taken care of. Worries will wane when you generously part with some of your possessions to someone in greater need than you. Thinking evil of another will struggle to stay alive in your mind when you greet with cheerfulness the stranger in the queue. Family quarrels will dissipate when you serve one another in all your daily routines.

Romans 13:8
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

 

The freedom of law-keeping
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