Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” Galatians 3:13
Regardless of where a person is from, no one likes to have a curse upon them. Everyone likes to have blessings and favor, not condemnation.
In every nation, state or city around the world there are rules to be followed. Most people are willing to follow most of those rules, because not following them brings judgment. They strive to live the ‘good’ life of a ‘good’ person.
In talking about faith and the law, Paul points out that Christ became a curse to redeem people when He died upon the cross.
God made the law so that every person would know and understand what He desires. Part of the law was that if one part of it was broken, not followed, then that person must die.
This is where the curse of the law comes in. No one is able to perfectly obey the entire law his entire life. With this occurring, every person was cursed to die because each one broke the law.
Knowing that this was to occur, God had already planned to send a redeemer, one to pay the price for breaking the law. At the perfect time, God sent Jesus to live on this earth while perfectly obeying the law, then to die upon a cross to pay for the sins of every person for breaking the law.
According to God’s law in Deuteronomy 21:23, Jesus was cursed by God when He hung upon the cross. As Jesus became that curse, everyone who chooses to believe in Him would be released from that curse. All sins would be wiped away forever, giving the believer eternal life.
Just as everyone else has sinned against God by breaking one of His laws, you also have sinned. Doing this has caused you to be cursed with death as punishment. Nothing you can do can change that curse, other than believing in what Jesus did for you.
Hanging on the cross, Jesus paid the price for your sins to remove the curse upon your life. He is ready and willing to forgive you of your sins and give you eternal life. That is the full purpose of why He hung on the cross and died for you.
Accept what Jesus did and be redeemed.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will accept the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will not strive to work for salvation, but believe in the work of Jesus; that you will fully understand what Jesus did for you; and that you will live to obey and serve God with all of your life.
Woe to them, because they have strayed from me! Destruction to them because they have rebelled against me! I long to redeem them but they speak about me falsely. Hosea 7:13
There are times when a person wants to be friends with someone who has turned away. All that occurs is one just speaks false lies about the other. No chance is given to amend the friendship and it stays broken.
It is common for people to only think about themselves and talk bad about other people. They have their minds made up that others are bad, whether they are or are not. They refuse to look at the true facts of a person or a situation.
God is warning Israel of coming destruction for them because of their rebellion against Him. He wants to save them, but all they do is tell lies about Him. He is unable to save them from the coming destruction.
Over time there has been some people who have walked away from God. For some reason they have chosen to no longer be a believer in God. As they walk away, they also begin to bad-mouth God, speaking lies to all who are willing to listen. They judge God as being false, not real or not really loving.
Often these judgements are based off of reactions of people and not God Himself. God is a loving, compassionate and patient God. He does not want anyone to be punished or die in their sins. God is always reaching out in love to forgive and restore people, however, many do not want to be restored.
Those who are believers today, must always keep their mind on who God is and what He has done for them. They must never allow the thoughts that God is unloving or uncaring, regardless of how hard of circumstances they must go through.
You may have gone through some tough times in your life. You may have times where you are questioning God’s love, care, and power.
Take a moment to read the Bible and then think about what God has done in the past for others and for you. Now remember those things and talk about those things. Do not allow your heart to grow cold against God and walk away from Him.
God does love you and is concerned about you. He only wants what is best for you. Trust Him in knowing what is best and don’t believe the lies of the enemy and begin talking bad about Him.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will always remember the good God has done for you; that you will not rebel against God and walk away from Him; and that you will tell the truth of God’s great love and compassion for others.