(Proverbs 21:3 KJV) To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
It is so easy to get distracted from being salt and light. It is so easy to fulfill the ritual and ignore the heart of God’s plan for us. It does not help when so many claim that “justice” (righteousness NASB) (6666) is impossible. Too many godly people emphasize that we are sinners and continue to sin in our daily lives. They don’t seem to believe that God’s power and grace are strong enough to do something about our nature.
Good people who live upright lives can get so isolated by their theological systems that they miss the significance of their obedience. If we could not live right then God would not spend so much time and ink reminding us to do it. When I first started playing golf I read a lot of books by big name golfers. I read magazines. They were all telling me things about how to play golf like they did. I could define all the words. I could not put them into action. What I could do was keep my head down and line my feet up in the right direction.
So? God want’s us to live clean and straight. He gives us the ability. He works with us if we are not there yet. Enjoy the journey.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
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As is often the case, I think what people lack is balance. Yes, God gives us the power NOT to sin, but we will still slip up on occasion. We have no excuse for continuing in deliberate sin, it's just that we can't be 100% pure as long as we're in the flesh with sin all around us. Grace is there at such times but, obviously, God doesn't intend for us to wallow in it and keep sinning.
Balance. What a nasty word when it interferes with your paradigm.
Grace and peace
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