Sep
18

The Life Law

 

From God’s viewpoint, there were only two tablets worth of laws. Since He wrote them Himself, He must have had in mind how much stone it would take.

 

But, when the Pharisees’s came along, they decided the law needed more detail. In fact, they added pages and pages of interpretation. People like that really annoy me. What about you?

 

Yet, the Apostle James said that when we quibble that another Christian isn’t doing it our way, we are setting up random laws just like the Pharisees. “He who speaks against a brother, and judges his brother, speaks against the law, and judges the law” (James 4:11).

 

You see, God’s law in Christ Jesus is meant to actually simplify our rule-keeping rather than increase it. You’ve been set free from meticulous perfectionism. There is now only one Law: Life.

 

Life-Law is hearing moment by moment what to do next. This is done by listening directly to His Spirit. We are no longer bound by religious “ought-to’s”.

 

 

We don’t escape from legalism (or sin for that matter) by predetermining what we will do next. That has never worked. And still won’t .

 

Instead, the plan is to simply agree with His plan. We turn the “doing of it” over to Him. 

 

Predetermining procedures simply takes the Life-breath out of walking in the Spirit

 

Fastidiously splitting hairs just drags others into our misery. Before we know it, we are pressing them into our self-made mold and trash-talking them when they slip out. 

 

If God has not particularly spelled out a mode of action in His Word, He must have a broad interpretation for the way it can be enacted. 

 

Then why do we think our particular interpretation is the only way it can be achieved? (It’s the Lord who will accomplish what concerns you, remember?

 

For the most part, let others be, dear Christian.  

 

Do not speak against one another.

 

That’s the only way to give God space to work within you. 

 

We are to do what the Life-law breathes upon us to do – and that is usually something simple like keeping your mouth shut or loving the unlovely. 

 

Let God breathe suitable actions into your fellow Christian. That’s when BodyLife will work. He is working everything out for the good of the whole.

 

 

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2 Responses

  1. Jane Bromley says:

    After a full week of family ( including eight young grandchildren!), this message was like an inviting hammock in a quiet corner of a shady yard. I read Psalm 25:14 this morning, “The secret of the sweet satisfying companionship of the Lord belongs to those who fear and worship Him, and He will show them his covenant and reveal to them its deep inner meaning. And John 7:17, “If any man desires to do His will (God’s pleasure), he will know, (have the needed illumination to recognize, and can tell for himself) whether the teaching is from God.”
    No rules, just agreeing, cooperating, resting. His yoke really is easy.

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