Pine cones and natural beauty

There are times when the beautiful things near us reassure of God’s loving presence. The law provided us with a knowledge of sin but sin took the opportunity to control us through it. If we die to sin and become alive in Christ, we no longer have the Law keeping us near God but we have the authentic love relationship of Jesus Christ our Lord. What does it mean to walk in this new life of love? The apostle John described it well in his letter, I John, to the churches. He writes this letter for four reasons: so that their joy may be complete (see 1:4), so that they would live a life free from sin’s bondage (see 2:1), so that they would discern false teaching (see 2:26), and so they would be confident of the eternal life in them (see 5:23). This is how we know what love is:  Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters (I John 3:16, NIV). 

Romans 7: 1-3 (NLT)
Now, dear brothers and sisters[a]—you who are familiar with the law—don’t you know that the law applies only while a person is living? 2 For example, when a woman marries, the law binds her to her husband as long as he is alive. But if he dies, the laws of marriage no longer apply to her. 3 So while her husband is alive, she would be committing adultery if she married another man. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law and does not commit adultery when she remarries.


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