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Letter of the law…

20130620-123458.jpgBut if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. For, as it is written, The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you. For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law. For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God. (Romans 2:17-29 ESV)

As Christians we wonder why the world looks at us with disdain. We wonder why they can not hear the wonderful message we have to give them. God is blasphemed among those who do not k ow Him because of us. We claim to know the law and follow the law, and we are seen doing things we are telling others not to do. We act one way at church and around our church friends and then when we go other places we act in ways we abhor and talk down about when we are worshipping. We forget though that God is always with us, and every time we step into public we are the hands and feet of Jesus so everything we do is giving some one an example of what God is like.

Paul tells the Romans that if you are circumcised and you act like the law doesn’t matter you are giving God a bad name. It is not about keeping the letter of the law, but living in a way that shows forth the love of God. Circumcision is not a physical thing, it is a matter of heart. We need to follow the love that God has given us and show that love to others.

Our praise should come from God which means that we are doing things that society will not like. We need to look at pleasing God, not ourselves or our neighbors. Live the life of a person who is called to called and circumcised in heart and shows God’s love to all the world!

 

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