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Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Law of the Lord (day 52)

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul:
the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart:
the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever:
the judgments of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they then gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is thy servant warned: in keeping of them there is great reward. (Psalms 19:7-11)

This world is full of distractions that would draw me away from following Jesus. The words of Psalms 19 are a wonderful encouragement for me to pursue righteousness. As I consider prayerfully and thoughtfully these words, the eyes of my heart and my understanding are enlightened and encouraged again and again.

I don’t know how many times I have heard about the 644 laws in the Old Testament. (I’m not sure about that number, it doesn’t matter to me.) What I do believe matters is the law that shows me the way to love my brothers and sisters in a godly way. I believe that the law that shows me how to lay down my will and do what I know to be God’s will is very important for me.

I have reduced it to 4 guidelines that I have found to be pretty inclusive. And by the way still have me seeing my need for grace to help to accomplish them.

1.    Love God
2.    Love others
3.    Don’t judge
4.    Be thankful

The prophet Micah offered a simple answer also in chapter 6 verse 8.

the LORD has told us what is good. What he requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God.

Have you seen any area that God wants to work in your life? If not be still and listen. He is always willing, even eager to help each of us become more like Jesus.

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