Forget the Lawyers
“One of the lawyers said to Him in reply, ‘Teacher, when You say this, You insult us too.’ But He said, ‘Woe to you lawyers as well! For you weigh men down with burdens hard to bear, while you yourselves will not even touch the burdens with one of your fingers. Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and it was your fathers who killed them.’” (Luke 11:45-47, NASB)
It seems that even in Jesus’ day lawyers had a bad reputation. In the preceding verses, Jesus has accused the Pharisees of hypocrisy and religious oppression. In this verse, a lawyer overhears the conversation and accuses Jesus of insulting lawyers with His remarks. Jesus responds by pointing out that the lawyers only weigh people down with the burden of excessive laws. Ultimately, Jesus broke no laws yet the Pharisees and religious experts of His day falsely accused and crucified Him like a common criminal.
We live in a very litigious society where normal everyday occurrences can lead to frivolous lawsuits among family members, neighbors, and business associates. In many cases, due to long, drawn-out legal proceedings and large fees, lawyers are the only winners. Unfortunately I’ve had personal experience where a client who worked for a law firm asked her boss to press her allegations that I had not delivered services as promised. While her claims were totally unfounded, I was forced to hire a lawyer and settle by offering an unwarranted refund to make the problem and the disgruntled client go away. I join with supporters of Tort Reform and applaud Jesus’ commentary and say we have too many laws and too many lawyers wasting our time and money with unnecessary and frivolous lawsuits.
In contrast to His audience and some “religious” leaders today, Jesus was not legalistic in His approach to faith. His instructions were to love God and love others – two laws, plain and simple. When we’re walking in love with God and man, we are compelled to turn the other cheek and forgive when others offend us or commit a sin against us.
Child of God, the next time you are offended or wronged, forget the lawyers. Call on Jesus instead. He will help you and teach you how to forgive and walk in His love, which settles every argument and conquers all!
Lord, thank You for Your loving heart and for lessons on love and forgiveness. Jesus, teach me to walk in love at all times, knowing when I do, everything will sort itself out. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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