“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” (James 1:25).
The believer’s law is the law of liberty, not because the believer is free to do as he pleases but because his condemnation fell upon Christ and he is free to serve God without the fear of eternal condemnation. The law of liberty is a like a woman who is a slave to a cruel master and serves him out of fear, but she is purchased from slavery by a kind man who loves her and makes her his wife. Now she serves her husband, perhaps working harder than she did before, but her service is out of love and without fear. The law of liberty is like a man who is drowning, and he is rescued by the kind captain of a ship. Once safe aboard, the man signs on to the ship’s crew and serves the captain out of a sense of gratitude, and if he is faulty in his duty, he is disciplined, but he is not cast back into the sea. The law of liberty is like a delinquent orphan who is adopted by a kind father. Now he is a son in the man’s family and he serves the father in his business, and if he is neglectful he is disciplined, but he is not cast out of the family.
(Friday Church News Notes, May 24, 2013, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)