The Loving Law of Christ

“Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” – Romans 3:31

When the Christian is adopted into the Lord’s family, his relationship to old Adam and the law ceases at once. Then he is under a new rule and a new covenant. Believer, you are God’s child and it is your first duty to obey your heavenly Father. You are to have nothing to do with a spirit like unto that of a slave. You are not a slave, but rather a child and now, inasmuch as you are a beloved child, you are bound to obey your Father’s faintest wish and the least illumination of His will.

Does He bid you fulfill a sacred ordinance? It is your own peril if you neglect it, for you will be disobeying your Father. Does He command you to seek the face of Jesus? Is it not your joy to do so? Does Jesus tell you, ‘Be ye perfect, as your Father in heaven, is perfect?’ Then you will labor to grow in holiness, not because the law commands it, but because your Saviour does.

Does He bid his saints to love one another? Do it, not because the law says, ‘Love your neighbor’, but because Jesus says, ‘If you love Me, keep My commandments’; this is the commandment He has given you, ‘that you love one another’.

May the Holy Ghost make your heart obedient to the constraining power of Christ’s love, that your prayer may be, ‘Make me to go in the path of Thy commandments, for therein do I delight’. Grace is the mother and nurse of holiness and not the apologist of sin.

– C. H. Spurgeon

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