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As the bride of Christ, the church has a great deal in common with the normal married person.  The Covenant to Christ is forever.  His love for us is unconditional.   Prior to our starting a relationship with him, We were married to the world and bound to a hopeless life with a hopeless end. But, Like a person whose spouse has died, when we started the relationship with Christ, our old spouse, the law—died and we were free to follow our new life in Christ.

 The new relationship is so different from the old.  Our old life was filled with guilt and a desire to complete checklists to earn our way to Heaven.  The guilt never ceased and the checklist was never completable.  The problem is our nature does not allow us to be perfect.  Instead we struggle and continue to fail at sin and realize that being good enough is at best a temporary proposition.

 We, in our new covenant relationship, are free to simply follow Christ.  Our behavior often improves, but, that has no bearing on God’s commitment or love for us.  We simply have his love and commitment because we are united in Christ—NO prerequisites, no goals and objectives—just a commitment for life with Christ from now through Eternity!

 God Bless You

Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.

So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For when we were in the realm of the flesh,[a] the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.