Read: Romans 7:1-6

Far too many have the understanding that the Christian faith is all about a list of “dos and don’ts.” The thinking is that Christians are supposed to do certain things to be good and avoid doing other things not to be wrong. This approach measures a person’s standing or worth against the law.

Paul has an elementary and straightforward point to make in this passage: That’s not true! To elaborate, Paul uses the marriage analogy to show that we are no longer bound to the law. Therefore we are not measured by our alignment to it. Since we are now tied to Christ, we are measured by our alignment with Christ. Our faith’s focus is not “rights” and “wrongs” but a relationship with Christ.

Comparing yourself to the law will lead to one of two things. Either you will be prideful and judgmental because you are righteous in your own eyes, or you will despair because you know you aren’t measuring up. These are equally a focus on self and are the fruits of death. However, when we focus on Christ, we are humbled by how he fulfilled all justice while showing immense mercy.

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8) 

Reflection:

  1. What do you see in contemporary Christianity that suggests standing with God is based on “rights” and “wrongs”? How does this text encourage you to respond?
  2. What can you do to strengthen your relationship with Christ and have confidence in his righteousness?

Christ, you came as the fulfillment of the law so that we would find freedom and hope in our relationship with you. Help us to keep our eyes fixed on your sacrifice and sufficiency so that we would live in hope and joy. Amen.