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“But if, while seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have also been found sinners, is Christ then a minister of sin? May it never be! For if I rebuild what I have once destroyed, I prove myself to be a transgressor” (Galatians 2:17-18).

 

Christ came to set us free from sin, but also to justify us.  Now if it were simply a matter of being left off the hook, Jesus would not have needed to die for our sins.  But it is more than a free pass. Christ has given us the opportunity to live in the law as He means for it to be lived.  Live then as one free, but also as one who loves the law of the Lord, for it is good as God is always good.

 

Lord, the games that go on seem to always play against You.  Help me to live into the balance You call for us to live in.  Let me not try to figure ways around Your law, but humbly submit to Your will, knowing every opportunity has been granted that I may live into the life of promise You give through grace.  Let me take seriously this call You give that I may walk in Your provision.

 

Lord Jesus, You have set us free from the recompense of sin, but not from the law.  Help me, Lord, to not be captured by the ways of this world that play games with You and the way You have established.  Lead me in the way You know I need to go that I may be guided by You alone in the way You know I need to go.  Teach me the balanced life which holds all these things together in the Father’s will.  Amen.