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April Devotions
  1. No Other Gods
  2. No Idols
  3. Don't Misuse God's Name
  4. Remember the Sabbath
  5. Honor Your Father & Mother
  6. Don't Murder
  7. Don't Commit Adultery
  8. Don't Steal
  9. Don't Lie
  10. Don't Covet
  11. The Law Reveals Sin
  12. All Have Broken the Law
  13. Pray for Understanding of the Law
  14. Pray for the Power to Keep the Law
  15. The Law Requires Perfection
  16. The Law is Holy, Just, & Good
  17. Obedience of the Heart
  18. Jesus Fulfilled the Law
  19. The Law is Absolute and Ongoing
  20. No Justification by the Law
  21. The Law Brings Wrath
  22. Obedience is Love
  23. Law on Our Hearts
  24. Free from Bondage
  25. Free from the Curse
  26. Jesus Abolished the Law
  27. Believers are Dead to the Law
  28. Christians Live by the Law
  29. Love is Law
  30. The Final Word
Romans 7:7

What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "Do not covet."

April 11

Law Reveals Sin

Most people do not like the law because they do not want to be punished for wrongdoing.  This applies to those who break the law as well as for those who don't.  Watch everyone slow down as they pass a police officer on the highway regardless whether they were exceeding the speed limit or not to see my point.

Paul writes that the law is actually a good thing however.  If boundaries were not established, he would be unable to know the difference between right and wrong.  Certainly his conscience would guide him but people are capable of ignoring their conscience or justifying their actions.  The law however is set in stone (quite literally).  Do not covet means that coveting is not acceptable and the line can't be blurred.

Because of the law, the boundaries for how one should live their life are clearly established.  And because of this, Paul knows that he had broken those laws and hence had sinned.

Because the law points out sin, it also points out the need for a Savior.  Without sin, Jesus didn't need to die on the cross.  But because Paul recognized that he was a sinner, he needed God's forgiveness, obtained through Jesus' death on the cross.

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