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Posted by Paul Edwards (Fr. Paul) on Jul 14, 2014 | Comments (0)


Seventh Sunday After Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

Unlocking the Gospel Secrets of Spirituality

Discover what difference reading these scriptures while Thinking Legalism or Feeling Grace can make.

The Grace Language of Jesus

SPIRITUALITY CAN CHANGE OUR LIFE

Jesus spoke a foreign language. He took literal words the legalist understood and gave them a new spiritual meaning.

Worldly legalism can only think literally. Godly Grace knows the spiritual difference.

Legalism chooses the laws they like. Grace knows only one law, “Love one another as I have loved you.”

Not sure how to apply these? Click here to read the introductory text for the new Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Genesis 29:15-28

Literal Religion: Leah did not see too well.

Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning.

"Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful.”

Spiritual Grace: Understands this is a compare and contrast: Leah was not attractive and Rachel was beautiful.

Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again.

"Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful.”

Did you feel the Grace?

A legalist can be in the gutter and still look down on people!

PSALM: 105:1-11, 45b

Literal Religion: Calling on His name is verbal.

Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning.

“Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name make known his deeds among the peoples.”

Spiritual Grace: Calling on His name is spiritual.

Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again.

“Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name make known his deeds among the peoples.”

Did you feel the Grace?

If you are a legalist, slowly and carefully press 911!

EPISTLE: Romans 8:26-39

Literal Religion: Feels separated from the Presence physically.
Read this scripture literally for the religious meaning.

Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning.

(Nothing) “In all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Spiritual Grace: Separation is a spiritual separation from God’s spiritual Presence.

Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again.

(Nothing) “In all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Did you feel the Grace?

99% of Pharisees are giving the rest a bad name!

GOSPEL: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Literal Religion: Sees the Kingdom of God like a physical mustard seed sowed in his field.

Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.”

Spiritual Grace: Sees the field is His Presence spiritually within us.

Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.”

Did you feel the Grace?

If you think that you are a legalist, chances are you are!

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For further study see the follow on Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Meditation.


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