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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
Matthew 5:18

I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

April 19

The Law is Absolute and Ongoing

There is a lot of confusion in Christianity about what is expected of Christians today.  Some Christians hold fast to the idea of resting on the Sabbath and giving a ten percent tithe to the church.  Others say that these rules are not repeated by Jesus in the New Testament and thus they are null and void for the church age.

The truth, as with many things, is in between.  It would be foolish to say that any point of the law is unimportant to observe today because Jesus didn't teach it.  He doesn't need to teach it because He lived according to it and if He followed it, we should as well.

Moreso, Jesus taught that our actions are not enough, but the attitude in our heart is just as important if not more.  This is discussed in Obedience of the Heart.  Early Christians didn't have any need to follow the ten percent tithe because they gave freely and gave whenever there was a need.  An arbitrary number wasn't important as a measuring stick.

On the other hand, we can't keep the law to the letter and we should stop pretending that we can.  We should always strive for perfection but have plenty of grace for others when they fall short of following the law.  Afterall, we'll need it when we fall short as well.

The law is still our standard, we just can't keep it.  Because we are under grace however, we shouldn't beat each other up for shortcomings.  Instead we can thank God because we are all in the same boat.

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