"Great are they who teach and obey the commandments" Matthew 5:17-37

Why do people tend to view the "law of God" negatively rather than positively? Jesus' attitude towards the law of God can be summed up in the great prayer of Psalm 119: "Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day." That is why Jesus often condemned the scribal law because it placed burdens on people which God had not intended. Jesus made it very clear that the essence of God's law, his commandments and way of life must be fulfilled. God's law is true and righteous because it flows from his love, goodness and holiness. It is a law of grace, love and freedom for us.  That is why God commands us to love him above all else and to follow in the way of his Son, the Lord Jesus, who taught us how to love by laying down our lives for one another. Jesus taught reverence for God's law, reverence for God himself, and reverence for the Lord's Day, reverence or respect for parents, respect for life, for property, for another person's good name, respect for oneself and for one's neighbour. Reverence and respect for God's commandments teach us the way of love, love of God and love of neighbour. What is impossible to humans is possible to God who gives generously of his gifts and the Holy Spirit to those who put their faith in him. God gives us the grace, help and strength to love as he loves, to forgive as he forgives, to think and judge as he judges, and to act as he acts with mercy, loving-kindness and goodness. The Lord loves righteousness and hates wickedness. As his followers, we must love his commandments and hate every form of sin and wrong-doing. If we want to live righteously as God desires for us, then we must know and understand the intention of God's commands for us, and decide in our heart to obey the Lord. Do you seek to understand theintention of his law and to grow in wisdom of his ways?  Jesus promised his disciples that he would give them the gift of the Holy Spirit, who writes God's law of love and truth on our hearts. The Spirit teaches us God's truth and gives us wisdom and understanding of God's ways. The Spirit helps us in our weakness, strengthens us in temptation and transforms us, day by day, into the likeness of Christ himself. There is great blessings and reward for those who obey God's commandments and who help others, especially the young, to love, respect and obey the Lord. Do you trust in God’s love and allow his Holy Spirit to fill you with a thirst for holiness and righteousness in every area of your life? Ask the Holy Spirit to fill your heart with a burning love and reverence for God's word so that you may grow day by day in the wisdom and knowledge of God's truth and goodness.

Posted on February 12, 2017 .