Updated: Jan 22
Food For Thought
The Bible is God's love letter from him to us. The Bible is not a tool to build a case against each other. The Bible is a gift designed to communicate and express God's love to us individually. God set the law in place to create boundaries around our own heart not for us to make our convictions the standard for what everyone should and should not do. Listen, believe, accept, and share.
That is the mission of the Bible. It is that simple. Conviction projection is the condition of the legalistic and the religious. When we hold others to a standard that is based on our personal convictions we are trying to create a whole new set of laws. We are each and unique with different background experiences strengths and weaknesses.
Romans 5 makes it clear that God's love is unconditional. He died for us while we were still in sin. Jesus didn't wait for us to get it right to die for us. Jesus died while we were broken and separated from God. His actions and God's plan makes it clear that the human condition is not stronger than God's love and purpose. God used the law to show us that we needed him. The law was not designed for us to keep it and make it our righteousness. In life we focus so much on what we don't do and not on what we are practicing. Just like to make nutritional changes that last it's not about what you take out it's about what you put in it’s the same with our lives. To live a life with fewer regrets, we have to make permanent changes.
The law is not the primary purpose of the Bible. The law was designed for us to look at it and take the principles out not to try to keep every law. Each law teaches and communicates a principle that is the valuable part of its purpose. For example, we don't eat the peels of the banana we eat what's inside of it. We cannot live according to the law; we have to dig inside of it, take the principal out and eat and live it each day. Principal: When you eat a banana it's a personal experience and others can smell it and even see it, however, it is a personal decision. Each has to make the decision to eat a banana for themselves. It's not our job to make someone eat the banana or the peel even if we think it tastes good.
Read Chapter 13: Matthew 23:4-7King James Version (KJV)
4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,