Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law dominated existence?
It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time:repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic- show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all- consuming- yet- never- satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small- minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.
This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom. (Message)
I’ve become so sensitized to the realization life is to be lived out 24/7 as the Church. We can look forward to attending and participating in this thing we call church on Sundays. I appreciate that attending a church event can be worshipful and refreshing, but life is lived out in love as a natural response to God’s love for us 24/7.
This week a colleaque friend shared with me his friend had been shot to death. His friends view on life was to be the kindest person around so when tough situations came to be, others would be kind to him. It occurs to me the only guarantee in life is God’s love and we are to live what few days are given us with an insatiable desire to faithfully share God’s love.
“I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens. When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace.
Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit. For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love. “~Paul (Message)
"It seems to me that God has put us who bear his Message on stage in a theater in which no one wants to buy a ticket. We’re something everyone stands around and stares at, like an accident in the street. We’re the Messiah’s misfits."~Paul