We live in the age of the rule of law and a world of both the lawful and the lawless. While the law has guided and guarded many from the frivolousness of other people; the law as also protected many from the recklessness of themselves. The law is so important in our societal engagements that every contract or agreement is bound by the law. Do you know that when family members make promises to themselves about who owns what in their father's inheritance; they suspect one another until a legal agreement that s binding on everyone is made. I agree that agreements are essential for mutual understanding; but I also remember the account in the bible where Apostle frowned at brethren taking other brethren to the court because of dispute. (1 Corinthians 6).
There are three keywords in our subject, and we must note and examine them carefully. The words are Man, Faithful and Law. We are basically dealing with the law as it concerns a man's faithfulness to his words, commitments, obligations and promises. We want to know if the law has the power and the will to make a man true to himself - his word, promise or commitment.
We live in a time when most people prefer to be smart than to be true. To be smart is to know how to get off the hook; while to be true is to be consistent with your word and yourself! At a crucial point in my life, I learnt a crucial lesson that has become a pillar in my life. I learnt that it is better for me to be mute (quiet); than to say what I do not agree with (believe) inside of me. When I was growing up in my father's house, I grew up with a lot of experience (by observation), being the last born of a large family. I saw how to "enjoy"myself with ladies (or girls) of loose virtues; however, to get any of them, I needed to tell her how much I love her, how she is the spice in my soup and the sugar in my tea. But due to my principle of always saying only what I mean and meaning what I say, I refuse to talk to those ladies about any emotional thing - and that saved my life!
The point is, there is always the law and the truth; sometimes, the law helps you to say or do what is true; but ultimately, being true to yourself - your conscience (I prefer to say your spirit) is the key to being faithful. I have discovered that what we celebrate today across the world as loyalty or love is merely the work or product of the law. Many people go to places because people expect them to go there; some even call themselves Christians or Muslims because they were born into it. Abiding by anything without any personal persuasion or understanding of the nitty-gritty of it is a product of the law.
However, there is a better and more fulfilling way to meeting obligations, keeping promises, being committed and being loyal - it is being true to yourself. I have discovered that every law has jurisdiction; that is, every law has a given territory of dominance and influence. Do you know that there is an height you will go in the sky that the law of gravity will cease? Do you know that the law that guide breathing on the land is different from that of the sea? Do you know that no matter how big the President of a country is; once he leaves his country; he cannot command a foreigner as he commands is citizens? The point is, there will come a time and a space when the law does not reach or cover where you are and what you are doing; how would you be guided then if your life is only driven by the law. While being law-driven is safe; I believe that being driven from the inside-out is the best and surest.
Ask yourself, why do some married people commit adultery when they travel away from their spouses? To some of them, they could only be faithful as long as they are being watched (guarded and guided) by the law. You see, we all need more than the law guiding our daily conducts and commitments; we need the spirit - no wonder Apostle Paul said as many as are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God! (Romans 8:14)