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Gene’s Daily Scriptural Postings.


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12 December 2022

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One of the things that frustrated me with Christians before I became a believer was how much hypocrisy I saw in the Christians I knew. However, now I understand the cause of that hypocrisy I observed. Many people adopt rules for themselves that they think will help them become better people. We are even prone to do this as believers. Unfortunately, the moment we apply that rule to ourselves, a little piece of our soul dies. It naturally rebels against that imposed restriction. Even when we apply them to ourselves willingly, we will find it very difficult to obey those rules perfectly. The Bible tells us this is because the law makes sin come alive in us. At the same time we try to impose those rules on others even though we can't keep them ourselves. As believers and partakers of the New Covenant we have a better way. When we look to Jesus instead of looking to rules, we will then walk in the Spirit. The Bible tells us the Spirit gives life instead of the death of the law. The interesting part is that we will likely end up keeping those rules anyway. The difference is that it flows out of our relationship with Christ as we walk in the Spirit. Put your life in proper order by looking to Jesus first. Allow Him and the Holy Spirit to adjust your behavior. Not only will you find it very life-giving for yourself, but you also will lose the compulsion to manage everyone else's behavior too. You'll just want to point them to Jesus and let Him sort out their behavior!

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who has made us able ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. — 2 Corinthians 3:6 (MEV)

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