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Thursday, February 25

Contributed by Samuel Andri

Romans 3:21-31

“There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall
short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the
redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

Law Love Makes Us Good. Would you want to live in a place without law,
where people could do whatever they desire without any consequences? One
could easily imagine how chaotic a lawless place would be.
Even in our world that is ruled by law, we have seen the evilness that
humanity—including ourselves—are capable of doing. We need law not just to
protect ourselves from the ‘bad guys,’ but also to safeguard ourselves from
being one.
In the Bible, we learn that God too has given God’s good law to protect
humanity from wounding each other. The problem is, while the law may
prevent us from doing evil, yet we—as sinners—could not help but to
perpetually desire sinfulness. This is why we would always be able to find
ways to breach God’s law; and wounding each other in the process.
Thankfully, in Jesus Christ, God has given us the real antidote for our sinful
desire. God became human—just like us—and self-willingly died on the cross
for the sake of us. The cross demonstrates the profound depth of God’s love
and desire for us; and in turn, it invites and ‘woos’ our desires back to God.
The truth is, the remedy for our sinful desires is not in desiring less evil—as if
sinners like us are capable to do that—but rather, to desire more of God until
we desire God more than anything else. The law is good, but only Love could
make us truly good.

Jesus Christ, help us to see the depth of Your love so that we could desire
You, more than anything else. Amen.

Samuel Andri is a student at VST, a resident of St. Andrew’s Hall and the technology assistant
for the CML Missional Certificate Program