Law and Grace
You and I are bipolar. We have a mind in our head, and we have a mind in our
heart. If we dwell in the mind in our head, God's Law becomes a rulebook of
things we *do* to please God.
calls that law a tyrannical
mistress that is never satisfied.
But God has written His Law on our hearts. Our hearts cannot understand doctrine.
If we dwell in the mind in our heart, God's Law becomes the Law of Love. St.
Augustine said a long time ago, 'Love God, and do whatever you want'; which
is scandalous to a Christian who dwells in their natural mind. A free translation
is more like this: You are free in Christ. Pay attention to the movements of
the Holy Spirit in your heart, and do whatever you want.
So how does this apply to us, right here right now? Remember 'the Law is a tyrannical
mistress that is never satisfied'?? When we have relationship problems our fallen
mind thinks 'what can I *do* to fix it?'. We tend to go buy a book; 'How to
deal with difficult people', or '50 things women want', or go to seminars to
find out what we can *do*. My friend
likes to say we are human beings
- not human doings. And he is right on. So sell all your self-help books, get
in the mind of your heart, and ask the Lord to fill you with His Love. Be persistent.
Don't let go of that desire until the Lord fills you with Himself.
A look ahead
Meditation is when you chew on words and ideas in your head. Contemplation is
when you wonder about stuff in your heart. But every once in a while, the Lord
may bless you by lifting you out of this world entirely - out of the world of
words and ideas and understanding and space and time. Its like He gives us a
preview of our marriage in heaven. Julian of Norwich opines that she wants nothing
between herself and her Lord. It is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared
for them that love him.
Get in the presence of God. Open your spirit to Him. Ask Him to fill you with
His Love. Keep your mind in your heart as you walk around. Pay attention to
the response you get from others. If you journal, write it down.
Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house
of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward
parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be
Matt 22:36-40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said
unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all
thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And
the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these
two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither
have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them
that love him.