The Law Abiding Citizen

A law consists of rules and regulations required by citizens of a place to be governed by.

Laws bring control and order to a situation. If you think about it, our lives consists of rules and regulations, even within our home. For example a law for our children is not to play with any electonics until the weekend. No computer privileges, unless you have to research a topic for school.

Schools have laws. We have to pickup and drop off our children at specified times.

There are laws to be followed while driving.

Restaurants have laws:No shoes, no shirt, no service. 🚫

Christ also has a law, but I wonder if we adhere to His law like we would if we wanted to eat at an upscale restaurant. If an upscale restaurant requires you to wear specific attire- no gym shoes or shorts because of the atmosphere and the prestige they would like to uphold, we will undeniably and without question, adhere. Why? Because it is what we want, where we want to go, and the restaurant upholds a reputation.

What will force us, as believers and followers of Jesus Christ, to abide by His law? We know His reputation and what she stands for, and YET, we question the requirements He has of us. We try to find escape goats and loopholes. Here is the law of Christ:

“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:1-2 NKJV

If you encounter a fellow believer struggling to abide by God’s ordinances, are you going to comfort them and restore them in the law of Christ? The law of Jesus Christ is love! Everything He has ever done is and was contingent upon the love He has for us.

  • Your motivation to be obedient to the Lord, should be driven by the love He has shown you.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  • Your motivation to demonstrate the law (love) of Christ through you, is for others to experience what you have. When you felt you had no reason to live, bae baee, Jesus extended His arms of compassion and lifted you out of your pig’s pen. 

When we realize the invaluable sacrifice of Jesus …JUST FOR US?? We should have no problem giving thanks and honor and demonstrating our gratitude by becoming law-abiding citizens of the Kingdom of God. 

“Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. “And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark‬ ‭12:29-31 ‭NKJV‬‬

A law abiding citizen- abides in love. What are you abiding in?

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