In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.
(Judges 21:25 NLT)
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS GOODNESS
I was talking with a self-professed non-Christian friend recently. He brought up abortion and drugs, asking, “Who chooses whether it is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’?” There was no way the answer, “God”, was going to be heard. Instead, we discussed the existence of universal laws that have crossed cultures and centuries. We agreed that those laws help to maintain some level of harmony in a society, helping to keep people from harming themselves and others.
When I brought up abortion as harming a person, he still couldn’t see why it should be re-imposed as an actual law. When it came to stealing, however, he was adamant that it was wrong and important to enforce in a community. I asked, “If it wasn’t a law anymore, do you believe that more people would do it? Would more people see it as acceptable and possibly even press against any internal convictions nudging otherwise?”
He said, “Probably.”
This seemed to disturb him more. He has worked very hard in his life and owns much.
You see, human nature protects and defends self. The force behind it thinks only of how something affects “me” or “my desires”. This leads to a vast array of opinions over what is acceptable: “If I want to do it, I should be able to.”
This mentality leads to much chaos, confusion, and heartache. Praise God that He didn’t leave us in this absence of leadership!
The wonderful news is that Jesus didn’t come to bind you to a law, but to a Loving King. He paid to rescue you from that nature that consistently feeds and cares only about self and, instead, to live for Him and what is right. No matter what you’ve done in your past or present, He is extending a hand of mercy to you.
Make Him Lord and King over your life today and be fully forgiven of every wrong you have or will ever commit. Receive and walk by His Spirit, expecting to be filled with God’s desires and power. This path leaves no room for self-justification or condemnation. That is freedom, indeed!
For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. (Romans 3:20 ESV)
He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. (1 Peter 2:24 NLT)
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16 NASB)
Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. (1 Peter 2:11-12 NIV)