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Legalism or Love
by Ken Hammer
03/04/12
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Are you tired of living under a heavy weight, weary of worrying you canít somehow make the grade? Are you more concerned about how youíll feel about yourself if you donít? There are two options available, so donít be confused as to which is truly righteous. For righteousness is only attainable by God, not carnal man without God. You may find yourself crushed under the heavy hand of legalism and your own lack of self confidence because of failures preventing you from trying with a whole heart which steals success.

How can the cycle be broken? Roman 10:4 states this plainly ďChrist is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.Ē In your own strength you canít fulfill the law that requires perfection to attain righteousness. For God did not send the law knowing you would achieve it, but knowing you wouldnít; thereby coming to the conclusion you donít have the ability to be righteous in your own strength according to the word of law. Yet there is human ungodly righteousness leading many on a merry chase by their own hand. Romans also says ďBeing ignorant of Godís righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted to the righteousness of God.Ē

Have you set up your own morality and then tried to prove you are righteous by following it. God says this is not of Him and because of a lack of true righteousness, failure to follow even ones own rules is the result. There is a season for all things and the seasons cannot be rushed by impatience. First comes the acceptance of Jesus as savior for sin, then comes learning of His ways to identify God in a world of idols. Next comes a God-given desire to follow after Christís ways of righteousness in the strength of the Holy Spirit. This is the path that leads to peace and true unconditional love in Christ Jesus.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Cynthia Buhain-Baello 06 Mar 2012
Thank you for this informative article, I always consider Romans 12:1-5 as the the way to renew the mind (and life) according to God's will. We are all being molded into that perfection in Christ.




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