Romans 3:20 The Purpose Of The Law

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. Romans 3:20

In every nation and community there are laws. These laws dictate what a person can and cannot do. When a person obeys these man-made laws, he is considered a good, law-abiding person, a good person.

Most of the laws are aimed at the goal of showing people what they cannot do, in order to keep them out of trouble. It shows them what is wrong, in order that they may do what is right.

Paul says that God’s laws reveal what is wrong in people–sin. Obeying them does not make one righteous before God.

Without a law, a person cannot know if what he is doing is right or wrong. If there is no law, he cannot be held accountable for wrong actions. God laid down the law to point out what is required by every person.

If a person obeyed the law perfectly from birth on, he would be a righteous person. However, no person can obey the law perfectly from day one. Everyone breaks the law at some point or another, most on multiple times on a daily basis.

As soon as one breaks the law, he is condemned to death. Jesus provided a way to remove that condemnation by His death on the cross. Those who believe in what Jesus did, can now strive to live by the law, not to be saved, but because of what He did.

God’s law now reveals what is wrong in a person and guides them how to live for God. Every believer needs to be aware of what God’s law says, so that he may know what he is doing right or wrong and change accordingly.

As a believer, you have faith in what Jesus did for you. Do not ignore His laws and commands. Realize that those laws are there to guide you in how to live for God, now that Jesus has given you a new life.

Do not attempt to obey the laws in order to gain God’s favor or to be saved. You have already broke the law and stand condemned before God. Instead accept the forgiveness Jesus provides and begin to live for God according to His law. Then, allow God’s law to reveal what is wrong in your life and allow God to change you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will know God’s law in your heart; that God will strengthen and guide you to obey His law; and that God will change you from the inside out.

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