10/10/2017 James 1.22-27


       Are “law” and “liberty” contradictions  ...doesn't it seem like "law" and "liberty" don't belong in the same phrase? Isn't  'law' restrictive and 'liberty' freeing?

       James' meaning is that within God's perfect "law of liberty" we are indeed free. God's laws are for our own good. Think of them as boundary conditions - similar to the parameters you put around your children, within which they were free to be, to play and explore.

      Paul wrote 

   "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." (2Cor 3.17), and, 

   "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." (Gal 5.1)  

       And the Psalmist wrote, 

   "I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts." [Precepts - general rules intended to regulate behavior or thought.] (Psalm 119.45)

 

      Also, James again mentions bridling our "tongues." You have noticed how often our tongues get us into hot water, haven't you? 


       This week we'll begin with James 2.1 and consider what he has to say about partiality and favoritism among people - who are all created in the image of God...


       Oh, and how many speeding tickets does it take to ruin a perfect driving record? Or how many holes in the hull to sink a ship?


      Recently read: "God Himself doesn't propose to judge a man until he is dead. So why should you?"