SELECTIVE LEGALISM

2019 – FRIDAY 04 JANUARY

SELECTIVE LEGALISM

Because we are flawed humans we all have lists of things that we approve – and lists of things we don’t approve.
All institutions function on behavioural lists.
It is sad when people are adamant about another person’s misdemeanour – yet change the rules for their own behaviour.
This is because our lists are subjective to how we were raised – what we have been taught – and most of all, what we are struggling to come to grips with.

LET THE TRUTH BE YOUR GUIDE
If you don’t know the truth – you have no eternal foundation upon which to build lasting success.
Do not manipulate the truth – for personal profit.

SEEK WISDOM WHEN INTERPRETING TRUTH
Finding wisdom in the multitude of counsellors – is not about running around until you find someone who agrees with your stance.
Counsellors should confirm the wisdom you have received from above – which lines up with the word.

DON’T LET CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE YOUR THEOLOGY
The truth of God’s word endures forever. It is not changeable to suit modern trends.
If you yield to circumstance –
what have you left to believe?

MAKE SURE THOSE WHO COUNSEL YOU – HAVE NO PERSONAL AGENDA
Often the people who offer counsel have a personal agenda.
When someone is sick – it is amazing how many “special formula” people come out of the woodwork.

ALWAYS APPLY GRACE AND TRUTH TOGETHER
You apply grace to forgive.
You apply truth to restore.
Forgiveness is instant – restoration is a process.
Truth reveals the heart.
Grace applies the blood.
Grace does not sweep things under the rug.
Truth is not legalism – when applied with grace.

DON’T BE QUICK TO JUDGE
Remember – as you judge so you will be judged. Sobering.

HONOUR YOUR CONVICTIONS WITHOUT MAKING IT A BATTLE
Learn to stand firm on your convictions – and if it creates conflict – move on and avoid becoming involved in a truth battle.
Just because you are right – doesn’t make you righteous.
Romans 14:17 links righteousness, peace and joy together.
Know what you believe – seek peace – and keep your joy.
Legalism is defending your truth – destroying your peace – and always losing your joy.

YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH – AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE

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