2 Samuel 23, Galatians 3, Ezekiel 30, Psalm 78:38-72

“Are you so foolish?  After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”  Galatians 3:3

I admit it!  I am a really slow learner!  On a regular basis, I slip back into my “foolish” way of thinking.  It is so easy to be judgmental (of others and myself) and to focus on “observing the law.”  Just typing the word judgmental, I recall getting caught up in the fact that the word judgment was spelled incorrectly (judgement) in a verse written on a restaurant bulletin board one time.  I don’t think I enjoyed my meal because I was so fixated on this error.

I waste so much time and energy … and do damage to myself and my relationships … when I allow myself to head down that doomed (and foolish) path. I do this in big ways and in small ways.  I do this nearly every day.  Frustration over clothing not folded “properly.”  Feeling guilty at the grocery on Sunday morning (even though I went to church on Saturday night) and judging those around me for not being at church.  (I told you I was a little crazy!)  I get impatient with myself when I don’t live up to some “ideal Christian” standard … with all pure actions and a Christ-like attitude about everything that comes my way.  Then I am reminded.  It isn’t all about me!  It is about Him!

“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”  Galatians 3:26

Father, remind me of the folly of living life on my own power and under the law.  Help me to set myself aside and to live a life clothed in Christ.  –  Amen

byhisgracekml

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3 responses to “2 Samuel 23, Galatians 3, Ezekiel 30, Psalm 78:38-72

  1. It is so easy to get hung up on the law; when I do [and I do] I am miserable to be around; I don’t even what to be around me.

    I think we judge others because we are uncomfortable with ourselves [inward focus] and we are distracted by what others are doing around us, when in fact if our focus is on Jesus we wouldn’t have time to consider anything else and we would see others through the eyes of Jesus.

    Now I just have to walk that talk!

  2. CL

    Guilty as well! I often slip up and find myself exhibiting symptoms of the Elder Son Syndrome (parable of the prodigal son), feeling entitled to more of the Father’s love because of what I’ve done.

    “Look at my devotion, Dad!” I say. “Look at how good I’ve been!”

    And He just looks on me with love and says, “But look at what HE has done.” And I am reminded of the righteousness of Christ and how far I truly fall.

    His love is good! I need to rest more in this today.

  3. the more of Christ I put on the better I look…

    thanks for the reminder. I too need to wear a lot more grace…

    🙂

    amy in peru

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