The law is a silencer

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Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.
— Romans 3:19

Who is under the law? Everyone who is not under grace through faith in Christ. The Jews were given the written law of God (Romans 3:2) and Gentiles have the moral law written on their hearts (Romans 2:15). The purpose of the law, according to this verse, is so that every mouth would be silenced; no one will be able to stand before God and say “I am blameless”. All people will be held accountable for breaking God’s law. It’s only the humble who recognize their condition without shifting the blame or making excuses who are candidates for God’s grace.

What do you do if someone accuses you of wrongdoing? Are you defensive, argumentative, or in denial? Rather than being so quick to justify yourself, humbly search yourself in light of God’s law. When found guilty, receive God’s free gift of grace and forgiveness and move forward in His power.

Heavenly Father, I pray for illumination from your law in my life. Soften my heart to humbly silence myself when found guilty so that I can receive your grace which empowers me to rise above all of my shortcomings. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!

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