(Click the verse above to see the reading)
“But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister,
you will be liable to judgment;
and if you insult a brother or sister,
you will be liable to the council”
“Beyond the Letter of the Law”
My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times. (Psalm 119:20)
For the most part, the scriptures celebrate the gift of God’s law. There is a deep appreciation and even a longing expressed for the commandments. It seems like God’s people in the bible hoped to receive even more commandments from the Lord.
I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands. (Psalm 119:131)
As you reflect upon the gift of God’s law, take a look at this video shown during the sermon this week. In this case, the righteousness of the law was forsaken by the officer. The one wrongly convicted chose to redeem the situation with forgiveness.
We often confess during worship, “I have sinned against you in thought, word and deed…by what I have done, and by what I have left undone.” Then comes the response, “…the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
This is a second chance. This is redemption, the Gospel.
When we witness this in action out in the world, it is beautiful to behold.
Go in peace, serve the Lord.
Questions to ponder or discuss:
Look for the impact of both law and Gospel in daily life this week. Maybe you will have an opportunity to advocate for justice or offer compassion or even forgiveness.
See you in church!