I do like the Mirror Translation of Rom 4:15. “The law system is bound to bring about disappointment, regret and anger; if there is no law there is nothing to break; no contract, no breach.”
This verse very much resonates within me; it heals me. It gives me glimpses into the depth of God’s love and grace for me. I still mess up and I still handle situations poorly, but God’s love allows me to forgive myself and love myself in spite of the mess.
“No contract, no breach” does not mean I can behave any fleshly way I wish; in fact, it makes it all the more desirable to do better the next time. It frees me from dwelling on my failure and helps me get my eyes back on Jesus. Instead of dwelling in the pit of failure and self-punishment, I am taking my messes immediately to God. I don’t have to fear His response. When I do act in a fleshly way, I know that I am still loved unabashedly. Bless God!
“Blessed are those
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”
So glad God justifies us by faith and not by works. Abraham’s faith in God is credited to him as righteousness. He believed God’s promise to him and it became his by trusting Him at His word, This all happened 400 years before God gave the law to Moses on Sinai. There was nothing to break, only promises to believe. I’m gald he chose to believe.
Beautifully stated! I’m so glad we are FREE to walk in the faith of Abraham…of Jesus Himself! without the restrictions & death producing of the Law.Thank you Jesus for fulfilling the Law so I don’t have to!
Thank you for crossing the line from chicken into boldness. From silence into graceful and articulate communication! Thank you for these thoughts on our freedom in Jesus. I’ve been thinking much about this, and I’ve been reminded of the first time Papa really spoke to me. I was in a rebellious space and Christian friends said “Just obey God’s law!” But God said, “Don’t worry about the law. Think of these things…” And He proceeded to show me why in my own life, for my own good, I needed to walk the path He’d indicated. I felt so intimately known and loved. Changed behaviour became a joy.