Friday, March 17, 2023

Law/Awe of Love

There is nothing glamorous or sensational 
when it comes to humble, faithful obedience.
Look at the cross!!
No wild applause praises the Living Sacrifice.
Often it is not beautiful to behold!
Yet, only careful, diligent obedience to His commands 
makes manifest our declarations of love for God

Today as in the days of Moses, the condition of 
God's blessing remains the same...
James 1:25
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it,
 and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, 
this one will be blessed in what he does.

How can His Word be in our mouths and hearts? 
By familiarizing ourselves with it/Him.
How do we do that? Only one way.
By spending time in his Word/with God.
then what happens?
More love for Him.
An awe-struck love
 yielding a willing, humble obedience!
for we serve best/most what/who we love best/most

How often I/we fail!!
but oh, pray failure will not drive us to despair
but rather to repentant prayer, to confess our sins
to He who is faithful and just to forgive them 
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9

...and then, re-impacted with awe for God's grace, on we go,
not in lawless living but in the law of liberty/love!

Re-impact us with awe
Impress upon our hearts
The wonder of the law of love
That serving You imparts

Renew our minds, oh Lord
So, we may test and prove
The righteousness that will confess
The perfect law of Love

The law that binds love's wounds
The law of liberty 
The law that stands on the commands
Of old eternally 

Delight us with your Word
And thus, complete our joy
With the increase of hope and peace
That nothing can destroy

With heart and soul and mind
Let love’s agenda be
Diligence in obedience
With glad humility

Re-impact us with awe
For love’s redeeming vow
And the reward we press toward
When at Thy feet we bow

…when at Thy feet we bow
By utter awe undone
The mysteries of Your grace and love
Unveiled around Thy throne

© Janet Martin

Romans 2:13
For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God,
 but it is the doers of the law who will be declared righteous.

Romans 8:2
For in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life 
set you free from the law of sin and death.

The chaos, confusion, and curse of disobedience
(lack of reverence and love for God) 
speaks for itself

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