Law and Grace

Theory

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. Marguerite Porette 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 Wayne 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.

Practice

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.

Foundation

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 my people.

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.