Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Knowing God's word… A matter of the heart

Depending on how awakened our hearts are to God and his great love will determine how we interpret and read his word(s). 

If we have experienced none of His love, we will see scripture as a bunch of rules and regulations given to win his love. 

This results either in:
  • Guilt, shame and condemnation because it reminds us of our failure to live by (obey) His word(s) or
  • Self-righteousness because we think superficial/external conformity is obedience.
If we have truly seen/experienced God's love to any degree, we will see scripture as his loving guidance and direction to that degree i.e. to the degree we have seen/experienced His love. 

The more of his love we experience, the more this will be true and the more God's word/Commandments will bring us joy and be embraced with delight. 
In short legalism and the misunderstanding of God's Commandments/words/direction is nothing more then the fruit of not believing, knowing and experiencing the goodness of God and the greatness of His personal and infinite love for us.

"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome." - John the apostle of Jesus 1Jn 5:3  


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