In August I had the privilege of marrying Mark and Kaitlin, the young couple who head up our Young Adults ministry at Cross Community Church. Starting with pre-engagement coaching, we spent a considerable amount of time over the past year talking together about the “stuff” of marriage. I remember discussing the all-too-common prenuptials that many bring into their marriages today, even Christian marriages.
A “prenuptial” is defined as:
A contract entered into prior to marriage which commonly includes provisions for the division of property and spousal support in the event of divorce.
I’d like to carry this concept of a prenuptial into your personal walk with Christ in order to make one thing perfectly clear: in God’s economy, love needs no legislation. This was the problem the apostle Paul faced in preaching salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Many were trying to add a requirement of obedience to Jewish law to the simple message of salvation through faith in our risen Savior.
We must remember that the law of God was never intended to cause us to live an obedient life; it was graciously given to drive us to our knees at the foot of the cross. And if the law cannot save us, it certainly cannot sanctify us and make us more like Christ! It is a growing relationship with Jesus that leads to living a life of obedience, not a growing list of rules. Love needs no legislation.
When you love the Lord Jesus Christ, your heart beats for pleasing Him. As my friend Steve Brown says, “The law will tell you where the land mines are to keep from blowing yourself up, but it won’t lead you to living a life of righteousness. Only Jesus will do that!”
So . . . take some time to prayerfully consider your walk with Christ. Is it characterized by a growing list of rules? Or a growing love relationship? Trying to legislate what love empowers people to do willingly is silly, foolish, and counterproductive. Keeping in view the love that was poured out for you on the cross will keep you moving in the direction of living a life that is pleasing to God and beneficial to all others.
Christ’s love compels us. (2 Corinthians 5:14)
You are no longer what you once were because of what Jesus has done for you. You are a new creation, and that new creation is compelled by the love of Christ . . . not the law of God. Love leads to Christian living and love needs no legislation!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!