recognizing legalism

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Heavenly Father,
We love to keep score, to determine champions and also-rans.
Usually those with the most points or achievements
   are pronounced winners.
So I find myself comparing my works to others
   as though I’m in a game to win.
That’s not only unproductive but can be deadly in my spiritual life.
I want to win in that contest and to be known as a spiritual person.
And I’m afraid that my deeper motive is to gain favor with you,
   thinking you will love me more if I work harder and better
   in my religious responsibilities.
I can easily laugh at the Pharisees,
   mocking their legalism and hypocricy.
But I act the same when I take pride in how well I keep your laws
   (and my additions to them) compared to others.
Instead, I need to keep my eyes on Christ;
   remember that my salvation is all because of grace, not works;
   and understand that I can do nothing
   without your Spirit empowering me.
Help me know that I should do good because you love me,
   not to earn your love.

David R. Veerman, American author

_____________________

If you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.

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