Bible Verses of the Week
Faith and Love, not Rules
15 “You and I are Jews by birth, not ‘sinners’ like the Gentiles. 16 Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.” (NLT, Galatians 2:15–16)
The Jewish law of Jesus' time had 613 rules to live by, and the Jews believed that was all God required of them. But Jesus pointed out that it was possible to obey all those rules and still live wicked and greedy lives (Matthew 23:23-24, Mark 7:9-13). What is really required of us is to sincerely place our faith and trust in God and treat other people with kindness and respect ("Christian love"). For more details: What Does the Bible Say About the Old Testament Law?, What Does the Bible Say About Faith?, What Does the Bible Say About Love?