For the hearers of the law are not righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be justified. (Romans 2:13)
God desires us to put his Law into practice. So what is the Law? The Law is simply an expression of the character of God. We need the Law because we are fallen creatures with a fallen nature and do not intuitively embody God’s character. Our natural disposition is opposed to God’s character and will. Without the law, we will love what God hates and hate what God loves. So God has given us his Law as an act of love. He wants us to see what a life of blessing would look like, but also, he wants us to live it. When we live by the Law, we align ourselves with God’s will and purpose, and as a result, good things begin to happen.
Later in Paul’s letter, he will show how keeping God’s Law can become our new nature. This is accomplished by the Holy Spirit that Jesus will send to us. But for now, Paul wants us to see that God has given us the Law, not only that we might understand and appreciate it; God wants us to put it into practice.
Lord God, thank you for giving us your Law so we can understand your character. You are the author of life and desire your people to be blessed. Teach me to appreciate your Law and put it into practice. Let my life move into alignment with your good will and purposes.