God's Loving Design
God's creation magnificently reflects His person and His character. From the very beginning, God infused His love and provision into laws and principles governing how we are to relate to our surroundings, our neighbors, and especially Himself.
It's relatively easy to recognize physical laws. The law of gravity keeps our feet on the ground. In the emotional and social realms we intuitively know that focusing on the negative can cause us to become withdrawn or depressed. Perhaps you've even heard saying like, "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar!" or, "You reap what you sow." These sayings simply recognize God's laws in operation.
God's moral laws guides how we relate to God and to our neighbors. From the beginning, long before Moses authored the first five books of the Bible--the Law, Cain and Abel both brought a sacrifice to God. Abraham gave a tithe to Melchizedek. God's moral law also applies today, to Christians. Understanding how God's laws apply to us will help us appropriate lasting healing.
God's laws have not changed because God's character has not changed. But, how we relate to God's laws fundamentally changed when Jesus died on the Cross. Jesus Christ fulfilled, not abolished, the law. Our life is found in Christ and our righteousness before the Father is His. As believers, we are not exempt from God's laws which govern His Creation; but, we relate to these laws through Jesus.
We are under grace. This grace empowers us, through the Holy Spirit, to fulfill the law, to produce the fruit of the Spirit. Our source is not in ourselves in order to earn our way into His presence. Rather, our source is from above so that can come to our Heavenly Father in confidence based upon the finished work on the Cross.
God's law and His grace provide us many promises. Quite often, they are conditional. If we do this, then God will do that. If ... then. Consider 1 John 1:9, if we, as Christians, confess our sins, God will forgive and purify us. This is an if .. then promise. This promise, filled with the grace of a loving and forgiving Heavenly Father, is available to believers. It is based upon our position in Christ, upon grace. We simply make these promises our own by fulfilling His loving conditions.
Scripture References: (1 John 1:9; 2 Chronicles 7:14)
1 John 1:9 (NIV)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
2 Chronicles 7:14
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.