Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
(Romans 8:1-2 (NIV))
Do you obey the law?
Do you always drive the speed limit? Do you ever throw something from your car? Do you sometimes cross busy streets in places other than the crosswalks? If you do any of these, then you do not obey the laws one hundred percent of the time.
If you are ever caught doing any of these things, then there will be a penalty to pay.
Do you obey God’s laws?
Have you ever murdered? Probably not.
Have you ever taken the Lord’s name in vain? Many of us probably have done so out of frustration or anger.
Have you ever committed adultery? Hopefully not.
Have you ever stolen anything? Probably. Even an ink pen on accident could be considered stealing. It did not belong to you and you left with it.
What type of penalties would you expect for any of these breaches of God’s law?
Think of the worst possible penalty that could be paid and that is exactly what Jesus paid on the cross for each of us. He willingly paid the penalty for all of the things that we have done or ever will do. He paid the price for the law of sin and death so that we could claim freedom from its hold on us. Through Jesus, we can claim that our penalties have been paid in full. All that we have to do is accept this grace and mercy.
We will still slip up and break God’s laws just like we break human laws, but we can be forgiven for these transgressions. It is a matter of the heart. We must long to do what God desires us to do. If this is our true heart, then God will see and forgive through the atoning blood of Jesus.
We are free from the law of sin and death! Share the good news!