Monday, 6 August 2012

To do or not to do? That is the Question

Recently we have been fellowshipping with some lovely people who have strong beliefs with regards to the law and grace.  I am trying to absorb it all whilst praying in earnest that I would know what it is God wants me to learn.

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Over the last 2 weeks I've tried to write some posts and .... just draw a blank.

This is what I am discovering:  Its about LOVE.
If you live in love you will not allow how you live, eg eat, dress, act, etc be a stumbling block to another because if someone is grieved by your actions, then your actions are not done in love (Rom 14 v 15).  {I would like to add that in my experience there are those who 'choose' to be offended no matter what so I do not include them in this definition} 

We should live something like this:
Rom 14 v 9-10:  for the commandments, "you shall not commit adultery," "you shall not murder," "you shall not steal," "you shall not bear false witness," "you shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "you shall love your neighbour as yourself."  (10) Love does no harm to a neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilment of the law.


So, I am learning its not about rules and regulations.  Its about love and when you love the way God wants us to love, you kind of do the 10 Commandments naturally.

I am grateful for God's grace, His love, and His patience with me whilst I seek to know Him more.  Thank you Lord for Your word.

I would love to hear from you how you feel about the subject of Law vs Grace.  Leave long comments, I don't mind.  Look forward to hearing from you.

God bless
Tracy

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29 comments:

  1. WOW!!! Diana and I spoke about "Love" and the "Law" just a few weeks ago!! I agree..It's all about LOVE!! Great post my sweet friend :)

    Hugs~
    Stacey

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    1. Hi Stacey - I love when God does that, then the subject is fresh and you're aware. Thanks for the encouragement
      God bless

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  2. I've thought about this before...and what I've come up with is similar to what you have. When you do all things in love and love as Christ would love, obeying God's commandments comes naturally. I think that is why Jesus said that the greatest commandment in the law is the first one:

    "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

    You can't truly love God without obeying Him =)

    Blessings to you, Tracy!

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    1. Hi Joan - thank you, you have given me confirmation with that scripture. Hope you having a great week.
      God bless

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  3. Well Tracy I agree with you. Without love what difference does it make what we believe? If we don't love the Lord with everything we have in us...if we don't love others as Christ does...and if we don't love ourselves then we aren't doing what God has commanded us. I like how the Message Bible says 1 Corinthians 13:2...If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, "Jump," and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing. The "law...rules...are just that. Rules! There is rules everywhere you go. Rules don't change your and they don't change other peoples hearts. Only the love of Jesus does that. Most of the time people come to the Lord because someone has shown them love...not rules. Before I became a Christian I didn't want rules I wanted the love I saw from other Christians. Anyway...I've said enough.

    This is a great post you have written and really made me think about it.

    Blessings...Chelle

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    1. Hi Chelle - you make a very important point. It is not rules and regs that draw a person to Christ, its the love they see and feel from other Christians that draw them
      God bless my friend

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  4. Thats awesome. Sounds like God is starting to show you a little bit of His doctrines of grace!

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    1. Yes He is, and I am so grateful for that.
      God bless

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  5. Great to read this! Thank you.

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    1. Hi Jedidja - thank you friend. always appreciate your input.
      God bless

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  6. Good thought, Tracy. I think when God comes in and transforms us and we realize how much we don't deserve and how much we couldn't repay Him...love becomes the outward display. We want to live a life that honors and loves him.

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    1. Hi Eileen, see, great writer you! Putting my thoughts into words :)
      God bless

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  7. There are a lot of people bound by legalism. And that does squish the love right out of it, doesn't it?! I think following rules and regulations is just easier for people... it gives them their own safe boundaries to fall within. We have to depend on the Word and the Spirit to help us in our freedom to do anything. And, I think err on the side of Love in all situations is the way of Jesus. We're never going to win people to Christ by arguing over legalism... but with love, oh yeah :)

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    1. Hi Heidi - So true, legalism squishes out love. That is the crux of it isn't it?
      God bless

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  8. I agree. I believe that when we love according to how the Bible teaches us to love then everything else follows in a natural manner.

    How beautiful that the God of love changes our hearts and conforms us to His image and likeness in such a wonderful way!

    Great post and I appreciate your honesty. Blessings to you Tracy.

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    1. Hi Sincerity - so glad you're visiting. Going to pop over and visit back. And thank you for your encouragement
      God bless
      Tracy

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  9. I think there's a happy medium, Tracy. Without the law, why would we need grace? But without grace, then we've become Pharisees who loved the law but didn't have an ounce of grace for anyone. It's hard for me because I was raised in legalism. But to throw out all the rules wouldn't solve it--just the man-made ones. I'm want to keep God's rules and when I "mess up" oh, then I'm so thankful for grace.

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  10. I will admit, I'm an Old-Testament girl trying to live in Grace. I LOVE rules because there's safety and security in rules - but God wants me to cover it all with grace. Maybe I'll live grace gracefully in about 50 more years!

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  11. I think the purpose of the law is to show us how much we need grace. Because we love the Lord we want to live according to his law but in this life we will never be able to keep it fully, we will never measure up, in constant need of grace...and because I get grace I need to give it

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  12. God's grace truly is amazing and it should compel us to love.

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  13. Thoughtful and inspiring post. In the past couple of weeks I have felt challenged to listen to people with widely different political views, with varying degrees of faith or no faith. I am asking God to teach me gracious ways of opening discussion.

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  14. Very well written. Love this post! Thanks for sharing. (Visiting from Faith Filled Friday linkup.)

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  15. Tracy - I could probably write a book about what I feel about law and grace, but for the sake of space let me say that I agree with you. It's about loving Christ and when we love Him, we will obey. I think I have stronger feelings about legalism (man made rules that some command we obey). Well...I won't get on my soap box here. :) I just need to remember to love those legalists also.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  16. This is always our difficulty in some ways...that balance between grace and law. Yet Jesus is 100% grace and law/truth. It does seem like grace and truth are different aspects of love (as you are saying. I remember someone teaching that Jesus offered law to the proud and grace to the humble/repentant. Not sure if that's quite accurate or not. Good thing to think about. Thanks for sharing your insights.

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  17. I agree Tracy. When we live a life in love, God's love, we natutally want to do what is right and not offend others.Great thought provoking post! Thanks for linking up!

    Blessings~
    Shari

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  18. "...but the greatest of these is love."

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  19. I'm an old testament girl at heart learning to live grace - and grace is so much better! We were talking about that stumbling block issue the other day in the car - and it is about Paul's dream of eating unclean foods - where God was calling him to witness and minister to the gentiles - and that meant eating unclean food - which I am sure was a stumbling block for his Jewish friends - however, those who walked in love - sought the father - didn't look for stumbling blocks - did they!

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