September 17, 2018

The Rule of the Law

September 17, 2018


Psalm 73:21-28
Romans 3:9-20
This weekend’s reading: Genesis 18:1-15


How do you know when you’ve done something wrong?
What if you are driving down the road and have no idea what the speed limit is? Then, you look in your rearview mirror and see flashing blue lights. The officer explains you were breaking the law, and you tell the officer you didn’t know the speed limit. What should your punishment be?
Well, hopefully, you’ll come away with just a warning, but it’s possible that the officer could say: “ignorance of the law is no excuse.”
This is, more or less, what Paul is telling the Christians in Rome. Every human being is “under the law” whether they know it or not. It exists, as Paul says, so that “the whole world may be held accountable to God.”
And God could have left things just like that; everyone accountable, everyone under the law. But praise be to God that he is, in fact, a God of love and grace. By sending his son, Jesus, to die for our sins, we are able to be made righteous in the eyes of God.


  • How do you balance law and grace in your life?
  • How are you striving for more perfect love?


  • How can we know that we’ve done something wrong, but still remember that we are loved by God and by other people?
  • Why is it not helpful to carry around guilt?


Lord, you have given us the law so that we might be held accountable, but you have given us Christ so that we might be free! Remind us to rejoice in our freedom today. In Jesus name, Amen.