Monday, April 27, 2015

Speak and give

So the Five Love Languages has been a very popular book for awhile. I read it when Marley was a baby and I remember thinking that for something that tried to simplify something extremely complicated, it did a pretty good job. It basically states that we all give love in  different ways and that we want to receive love in different ways and that we should work to identify the appropriate way to express love to each other to fill each other's "love tank".

Tonight I was reading Romans 3 and that book came to mind.

It's as though the way God gives love (or speaks love) is through the sacrifice of His son. The way we can give or speak love back is with the law. We demonstrate our love by attempting to remain true to the law. I love you and Your word is perfect so I will obey.

This is how my brain understands the relationship (and has for a long time) I believe it's correct. I have found nothing yet to refute it in the Bible.

Romans 3:10-30 NIRV

It is written, "No one is right with God, no one at all.  No one understands. No one trusts in God.  All of them have turned away. They have all become worthless. No one does anything good, no one at all." (Psalms 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Ecclesiastes 7:20)  "Their throats are like open graves. With their tongues they tell lies." (Psalm 5:9) "The words from their lips are like the poison of a snake." (Psalm 140:3)  "Their mouths are full of curses and bitterness." (Psalm 10:7)  "They run quickly to commit murder.  They leave a trail of failure and pain.  They do not know the way of peace." (Isaiah 59:7,8)  "They don't have any respect for God." (Psalm 36:1)  What the law says, it says to those who are ruled by the law. Its purpose is to shut every mouth and make the whole world accountable to God. So it can't be said that anyone will be made right with God by obeying the law. Not at all! The law makes us more aware of our sin.  But now God has shown us how to become right with him. The Law and the Prophets give witness to this. It has nothing to do with obeying the law. We are made right with God by putting our faith in Jesus Christ. That happens to all who believe. It is no different for the Jews than for anyone else. Everyone has sinned. No one measures up to God's glory. The free gift of God's grace makes all of us right with him. Christ Jesus paid the price to set us free. God gave him as a sacrifice to pay for sins. So he forgives the sins of those who have faith in his blood. God did all of that to prove that he is fair. Because of his mercy he did not punish people for the sins they had committed before Jesus died for them. God did that to prove in our own time that he is fair. He proved that he is right. He also made right with himself those who believe in Jesus.  So who can brag? No one! Are people saved by obeying the law? Not at all! They are saved because of their faith. We firmly believe that people are made right with God because of their faith. They are not saved by obeying the law.  Is God the God of Jews only? Isn't he also the God of those who aren't Jews? Yes, he is their God too. There is only one God. When those who are circumcised believe in him, he makes them right with himself. When those who are not circumcised believe in him, he also makes them right with himself.

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