Living by law is a really tricky thing. I've become so aware of the problems caused in society as the result of a system that discriminates and measures out judgements and punishments with great irregularity. Law was suppose to be applied to everyone with the same measure and there probably hasn't been a time that this was even the case. People looking to the law and then attempting to live under the law are set up from the beginning to create a mess. And in this case I'm talking about the laws of man/laws of the land. Humanity has created a very tangled mess.
But I believe within the community of those learning to live by grace, following the Spirit into the freedom that is ours through faith in Jesus and the message of love, forgiveness and grace, law begins to be seen for the real problem it is. A weak impotent substitute that actually stands in the way.
The thing that has been on my mind today has been how it causes people to become very skilled at hiding things deep inside. The focus becomes how one looks to those around them regardless of what is going on inside. Law has no power to set anyone free but it does have the ability to shape some into becoming great pretenders.
If we are people that put our trust in law and the threat of punishment to mold other people's behavior, children or adults, that seems to me to indicate that we would be people who are also governed by an attempt to live by law? If we are not applying the same to ourselves, than that seems to indicate to me that we would be phonies which seems very problematic.
Beginning to see this drastic difference between law and the absolute wastefulness of the measure of grace extended to everyone on a moment to moment basis by God the Father has a way of disturbing the waters in one's life...and did it ever in mine. But I love the change that is happening and I love how law and the fear of punishment that travels with it continues to be put to death in my mind and heart. I feel for the first time a gracious space having been created for people to be real with me with what is going on inside them. In a space like that, things begin to be brought out into the light where wonderfully freeing things begin to happen as the internal mess begins to get healed. People begin to see that there is no reason or need to hide anymore...and isn't that how it seems people were learning to act around Jesus? Well, except for the religious folk. He showed us a better way and he has come to live inside us to make the transition possible from a life based in law and governed by fear to the glorious life of grace and peace and rest found only in Him.