As sometimes happens when discussing Law and Grace on a forum, a particular issue will become clear in a really simple way. I’ve written before about how the Gospel can go where the Law cannot culturally, but tonight God showed me that Love goes where the Law cannot, as well.
A mom who is Torah pursuant asked me this:
Originally Posted by ‘ME‘
I know you’re a Mother too, so maybe this will make sense:
Q: Do you become a mother when you first get pregnant or do you become a mother when your child is terminally ill and you never leave its side at a hospital?
A: You become a mother both times.
However, just because you are a mother in the first instance doesn’t mean you ‘do right’ and are even a ‘good’ mother. Read the Ohio story of a woman who killed her child in a way.
The mother who sits by her child’s bedside is also a mother, but reborn in her experiences all those years as a Mom. We would call her a good, faithful mother.
Both, however are and will be to their dying days a “Mother”.
The same can be said of salvation. Once you accept the Savior, He has brought you salvation.
How are you going to show you are worthy of such a calling?
It is a personal thing (just like being a mom) and there is indeed ‘right things’ and ‘wrong things’ you can do until your last breath.
You’re still a Mom, just like You’re still saved – but we aim for faithfulness and truth when we want to do ‘right’. A part of that is obedience to Him [she is speaking of Torah observance here].
We look to the spirit, and we look to His written word.
I thought maybe you being a Mom might help understand this concept. I hope you didn’t think I was rude or overly parochial at all. I help teach children, so I am constantly trying to find real life connections with gospel connections.
Let me ask you a question, mother to mother:
Do you do the things to care for and nurture your children because state or federal laws tell you to or because you instinctively know and desire to do the best you can for your children because you love them?
If one of your children is teething, is there a law that tells you to comfort them and tend to their pain, even if it means you losing sleep because of it? Or do you comfort that child and tend to their pain because it is the loving thing to do?
When one is in Christ, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, we don’t need to rely on the Law to tell us what’s right or wrong – we instinctively know – the Holy Spirit becomes our conscience and our Guide – He writes the Law on our hearts. Even more than that – the Holy Spirit not only tells us what is right and wrong – He tells us how to love sacrificially.
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
The Law will not tell you to stay up with a teething baby. Love, however, will.
In our own family, we have a child with Type 1 Diabetes, so this hits very close to home for me. The law does not tell me to check my child’s blood glucose through the night, but I do – sometimes 3 or 4 times a night for the past two years and for the rest of the time that she will be in our care. If she runs too high, there is potential damage happening to her nerves and organs. If she runs too low, there is the risk of death. The law would say that it’s okay to let her run a little high so that I can sleep more without the risk of her going low and dying. Love tells me to keep her Blood Glucose #’s in a good range ’round the clock and to check through the night to make sure she’s not too high or too low to minimize damage to her body systems so that she can live a long and healthy life.
The law can only go so far.
That’s what Jesus taught about in Matthew 5 and exemplified throughout His ministry – right to the Cross where He became the once-and-for-all sacrifice for us because He loved us.
The Law didn’t tell Jesus to go to the Cross – Love did.
I hope this simple example helped you to see the significant truth that Love goes where the Law cannot. It did me!
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