There are in this world many principled men and women. People that live by strict sets of moral codes and ethics. Each believing that what they believe is just and right. These standards vary from person to person, and are as culturally diverse as the changing of the wind. One believes this, and another that. Each driven by his or her own set of laws; which in the end generally do not respect the best interest of the other. Especially in terms of relational change. The reason for this is that law, even in it’s purest form does not possess within itself the power necessary for change. Which is to say that even the best of principles will not achieve what should be man’s highest ambition towards one another; in that we would love one another.
Titus 2:11-14: ‘For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.’
Notice these verses say nothing of law because it is the grace of God which teaches us to live godly and to love. And love does no harm to it’s neighbor! Perfect love is found in the righteousness of God in Christ alone, and is the highest form of righteousness to be achieved. Principles and laws will not suffice. Only the love of God will succeed in uniting man.
I am not ignorant concerning the purpose of the law. Judicially it was added because of transgression, and spiritually to bring the knowledge of sin; that man may turn to God for salvation. However, there is a higher law! The law of life in Christ, which abides in the royal law of love. May we seek His face! Amen.
I Cor. 13:1-13; John 13:34
G. L. Miller