Why do I need to follow laws, rules, and regulations? You may ask. If we didn’t have some kind of law or boundaries most people would do whatever they wanted. You know that when that happens chaos or riots can break out. No good thing comes to a nation that has no laws.
Just look at children for an example. When left to their own devices they do what they should not do. They hurt themselves and others in the process of their wild and boundless frolicking.
It is called lawlessness and we all tend to go down that road if not hemmed in by some kind of law. This is because we all have a sinful nature that loves selfishness, greed, pride, and arrogance. It’s all about me. If there is not a set of standards to live by, a law, we do what is right in our own eyes. Which many times is doing what is wrong.
Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that He(Jesus) appeared in order to take away sins, and in Him, there is no sin. No one who abides in Him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen Him or known Him. 1 John 3:4-6
God has given you His Law, a standard to live by, the Ten Commandments. It has been described as a schoolmaster, showing you your own sin. To instruct you on the right way to live. To help you from following the wrong ways of your heart, that harm may not come to you, both now and into eternity.
Wherefore the Law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Galatians 3:24
It is like a mirror showing you right from wrong. As street signs guide you to the right destination. To keep you from driving over a cliff. Through the Law, you can see that if you don’t follow it properly you can become a liar, thief, lustful, hateful, and disobedient to God in many ways. This is the purpose of the Law. To show you how impossible it is to obey God without His help, without His forgiveness. Because we all have broken them.
You may not know it but God has written His Law on your heart. Though you may have ignored it. It is called your conscience. It is that small voice within that says, “don’t do it!” You are not saved by the Law. But it shows you that you are in need of someone to save you from your sins.
Paul said, “Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness.” Romans 7:7-8
Jesus Christ came to be your perfect sacrifice, to save you from your sins. The one who fulfilled the Law. The one who never once sinned. He died to pay the price, the debt you owe to God because of your sinful life.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16-17
You are saved by your faith in Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God. He died and rose again for the forgiveness of sins. He loves you so much that even though you are a lawbreaker, Jesus Christ is your redeemer. He paid a great price for your redemption.
The steep cost that had to be paid, was to satisfy the righteous wrath of God. Otherwise, He will have to punish all mankind for their sins. It is a punishment in a place called Hell. A place of fire, torture, and unending pain, with no rest. We all deserve it for our sins. But I am telling you all of this that you may be saved from eternal torment. God doesn’t want you to go there either.
Therefore, laws and God’s Law are necessary to guide you back to God. To give you knowledge of His holy boundaries. To give you a chance to repent. So that you will realize your great need for His mercy and grace.
For by grace, you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
We are all looking for love, affection, satisfaction, peace, and approval. Jesus Christ is the source of all these things that you are looking for. So now, I urge you to look into the Law of the Lord and see how you measure up. Understand that you are in need of His forgiveness because of your sins.
He can cleanse you from your sins. To give you a new heart and mind. That you will be able to do what is right and not wander off into lawlessness. Not only that, but He rewards those who follow and obey Him by faith.
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8
Put your faith in Jesus Christ today. Ask Him to forgive your sins, repent, which means to turn from your sinful ways, and obey His Law. He promises that if you seek Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength you will be found by Him. Then He will accept you and forgive your sins. Though His Law is restrictive by definition. His love, mercy, and grace for you have no boundaries. Because His love for you is boundless.
Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”
Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:7-14