i'm perfectly content being that slightly messy girl who always has a coffee in her hand and her nose in a book, who is moderately obsessed with people like c.s. lewis, francis chan, and john piper, but wholly and completely obsessed with her husband, Jesus Christ, by His grace and for His glory.
my heart is wrapped up in the beautiful, perfect, inexpressible love that He has for me (1john4:10) that I may live through Him.
Human beings are just that—human beings.
Stricter laws and more harsh punishments will not transform a bad man into a good man. The men that are bad will continue to miss the law, for their hearts are continually bent toward deception and rebellion. The good men, as well, will miss the law, for they are not gods but men.
Neither the height of law or the fear in punishment has the power to take a man bent toward destruction and rebellion and free him to love the good, the true, the beautiful. Neither will an education do this, for it is known that “knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” An evil man with no knowledge may be quite harmful, but an evil man with extensive knowledge proves exponentially more dangerous.
In every society there exists laws, and in every society there exists those who break them. Likewise, in every society there are punishments, and in every society there are those who fear them not.
To place the yolk of a heavy law on a human being’s shoulders is a curse. To free him from the very desire to sin is a blessing.
You offer, as a solution to sin, a heavier yolk. A yolk that will be harder for good men to bear and will have a bad man causing much disturbance throwing it off. You offer no freedom to a man’s heart—a heart that lusts after pornography, homosexuality, anger, physical abuse, hatred, fornication, or adultery. You do not help the man gain victory or freedom over these vices, but You instill fear into their hearts as to, though they cannot, avoid them, and when they can simply bear it no longer, to hide them.
You do not know how to offer freedom. What You do offer though, is fear. Fear that if man does not stay pure from these things, he will be horrifically punished. If he does not with every fiber of his being submit to You, he will be in danger of a burning, eternal hell. This type of heavy burden and continual fear haunts men, whispering their every fault into their ears, convincing them to work harder until they have achieved an unachievable perfection. They then find themselves with each passing moment mustering every ounce of strength within themselves to abide by You, and with each passing moment they realize their desperation and their weakness, being beaten down and crushed by You.
A Good Man saw this heaviness. He saw these men barely crawling through their lives, attempting the impossible with no help outside themselves, only the looming fear of punishment and destruction. He came, and he pitied them. Knowing that men were in bondage to their own evil desires, unable to free themselves from hatred, murder, immorality, and thievery, he said,
Whoever is tired, if you are weary come to me, and I will give you rest. Come, take my yolk and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart. My yolk is easy, and my burden is light.
He said that we are sick, but He is our Physician. He said we are weak, but He is our Strength. He said we are uncomfortable bearing this burden of the law, but He is our Comfort. He said we are dead in our transgressions, but He is our Life. He said we are full of rebellion and hate, but He is our Love. He said we are human, but He is God, and He will send the very Spirit of God to live inside us, freeing us from these evil desires, reuniting and reconciling us with the living, true, one God.
In conclusion, Law, I must simply tell You that You are now void. You have lost all power. I will no longer look up to you, try to live up to you, or listen to your mocking laughter every time you’re watching me fall. I am free from you, free from your burden and your shame. I do not even desire the things you used to use the fear of punishment to keep me from, for I have found perfect love, and it is this perfect love upon which I am dependent that casts out all fear and fills me with peace.
I once lived under the Law; I now live in Freedom.
I once lived in Fear; I now live in Love.
A Daughter of the King
"He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes." (Psalm 112:7-8)
"Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. For you, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living… How can I repay the Lord for all His goodness to me?" (Psalm 116:7-9)
Lord, may Your word be embedded in my heart today.