The scriptures are at the end of the page this time.
Circumcision is meaningless as of now, as of Jesus. You can’t be saved by following the law. Remember if a law could save surely these could have done it. The Jewish laws were as good as any. The American laws can’t save you but they can un-save you, by ruining your life if you don’t obey them. Ha. The justice system- be that as it may. So why bother with laws at all, just love GOD and love your neighbor then the law would be fulfilled like Jesus did, by all of us. He fulfilled God’s purpose for the law. He did it in both love and letter.
A person who is struggling to obey laws is having a hard time and always having to pay for his mistakes. At least he should be paying for the ones in his mind, if there are none outside his mind. But a person who loves is a new creature because, see the difference? A person struggling to perform and yet failing, he is focused not on love but on performance. But a person focused on love is new- who does that, except a lovesick Romeo. Ha. People who focus on love are new and always getting better because there is no condemnation for failures. This is the only discipline where that is true. God wants to help us succeed so this too is a very special reason to have joy. You are not whipped or put in jail but you are corrected and forgiven and encouraged to do better.
God is Good, and you support your families, talk about Him to others, endure persecution, learn and grow and become wise. He, it, is all I ever wanted. What could be easier? But it is hard though. God loves us and we need love. We can’t earn that love by obeying the most laws. Or we can’t earn it by being the ‘Most Obedient for January, 2017’. But maybe you don’t like the new creatures that God made. Don’t like God, new creatures, obedient people. Just don’t like Christians…..
Well I guess you just don’t want to be liked, because what goes around comes around. Maybe you won’t be liked when you are putting out love. Galatians 6:16. So if you like being a new creature Paul prays a blessing on you- peace and mercy. And they are really going to need it, for the reason that many people don’t like us and too many people want to constrain us to the law. So we are given mercy because not many have it as a part of their make-up. Also peace is given, because reality sets in once in a while and we need peace to offset what people say about us and feel balanced again after hurt feelings. But thank God for the Christians we meet every where that are usually supportive and kind.
Gal 6:12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
Gal 6:13 For neither they themselves who are (c-word) keep the law; but desire to have you (c-word), that they may glory in your flesh.
Gal 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Gal 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither (c-word) availeth any thing, nor (un-c-word), but a new creature.
Gal 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.