Hebrews 8:10 Is God’s Law On Your Heart And Mind?

This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Hebrews 8:10

In every nation around the world there are thousands of laws that the people are expected to follow. While most people try to abide by the laws, many ignore many of the laws.

Those who obey the laws have those laws upon their hearts and minds. They see the value of those laws and desire to be obedient.

Quoting from Jeremiah, the author of Hebrews quotes God saying that in the end He would write the laws upon the hearts and minds, so that they would be His people and He their God.

Often when people hear about the laws of God they run from them. Some run because they see following God’s law as being legalistic and claim grace under Jesus. Others flee because they see the laws as being restrictive, not allowing them to really live.

Every law that God has made was made to make life better for the individual in himself and with others. There is no law that He has made that was made to destroy a person, but to make him holy as He is holy.

Under the old covenant it was either obey all of the law or die. No one could fully obey it, because it was just written words and not on the heart.

In Christ, God now puts the law upon the heart and mind. This is done so that the true believer will strongly desire to obey all of God’s law. God’s Holy Spirit also comes upon him to give him strength to obey God’s law.

It is now a choice of love to obey God’s law, rather than a demand.

As a believer in Jesus, God expects you to grow to become more like Jesus. He followed God’s law with perfection. Learn God’s law and place it in your heart and mind.

Realize that God has given you His law so that you can live a righteous and holy life that Jesus purchased for you. Jesus took away the punishment of breaking God’s law, so that you may live. He then gave you His Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you to live for God.

Is God’s law on your heart and mind?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s law in your heart and mind; that you will desire to obey God in every area of your life; and that God will be your God and you will be His child.

Hebrews 8:10 A New Way Of Doing Things

This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Hebrews 8:10

Contracts are drawn up all the time by two different parties to have written down what is expected by both parties. The purpose of it being written down is so that if there is any discrepancy about what to do, it can be seen and resolved immediately.

Following a contract has nothing to do with the heart, but just a matter of obligation.

Quoting from Jeremiah 31, the author of Hebrews shows that God had planned to make a new covenant with the people. This one would be written on the hearts and minds, so that He would be their God and they His people.

When a law is just a law on paper, but not in the heart, people obey it only when seen and only to keep from getting caught. It is not something that they want to obey, but just have to in order to keep from getting into trouble. Very few people desire to be in trouble.

If the law is not a part of one’s desire, it will be extremely difficult for the person to fully obey it. He will find ways to circumvent the law or just straight out not follow it.

The people of Israel had this problem with God’s Old Testament law.

When Jesus came, God changed how things would be done. Instead of being written just on paper, His law would be on the hearts and minds of the people.

Having the law on the heart and mind, makes one want to obey the law, not forced to. It becomes part of one’s own desire to do.

If you are like most people, you struggle with obeying God’s law. You want to, but often fail.

Allow God to place His law upon your heart. Instead of His law being something you have to do, make it something you desire or want to do.

Hide His law in your heart, so that it becomes a natural part of who you are. It will become easier to obey God, since you know in your heart that He is your God and you are His, not just on paper.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have God’s commands upon your heart and mind; that you will live to please God; that you will know God’s love for you; and that you will be a part of God’s family.

Hebrews 8:10 Law On The Heart, Not Paper

 

Heart on stone

This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people. Hebrews 8:10

Laws are something that people cannot really live without. Every nation has many laws put in place to govern the people. While many people will follow most of the laws without any problem, there are some laws that many people hate to follow.

It is the same in a household. Parents put into place many different types of laws (rules) for children to follow. Some children will follow the rules, while some will fight against obeying those rules.

During the time of Moses, God put out some laws for the people to follow. As one reads through the history of Israel, the people had a difficult time following those rules. They knew about the laws, but chose not to follow them.

The main reason people do not follow the laws and rules are because the laws are not really upon their hearts. The law is only in their mind. It is only a set of regulations and may go against their own personal desires.

Long before Jesus came, Jeremiah prophesied that God would place His Law upon the hearts and minds of His people. His Law would become a part of the person’s heart’s desire. It will no longer be a requirement to follow, but a desire to follow. It is as though the person wrote the law himself and so desires to obey that law.

Even in human laws, when a person loves the law or rule, he is ready and willing to obey it with no complaint. He wants to obey because he loves it.

You may have struggles trying to follow some commands God has put in place, such as to love your enemy. Allow God’s commands and laws to penetrate your heart. Learn to love God’s commands to know God has them only for your well-being. The law is not there to hold you down or harm you, but to build you up.

As you learn to love the law, you will be able to follow it with no complaints or struggles. It becomes a desire to obey and please God, not just a command or demand.

Follow God’s laws out of love, not force.

I pray today that you will know the commands of God; that you will have God’s commands on your heart; that you will love to obey God; and that you will see God is set to help you be your best for Him and others.