Posted by Paul Edwards (Fr. Paul) on Sep 09, 2013 | Comments (0)

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost: Bottom Line Spirituality

Unlocking the Gospel Secrets of Spirituality

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

The Grace Language of Jesus


Jesus took legalistic words and gave them the grace meaning to consciously feel the difference being in the Presence of God in Him.

Legalism is idolatry, depending on something outside ourselves to get what God has already given to us inside our selves. Grace is self-correcting.

Romans 8:2 - Through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

You do not lose your mind in legalism, you know exactly where you left it!

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

Think Legalism: Joy is gone because of what happened.

Feel Grace: Joy is gone because of being out of the Presence.

OLD TESTAMENT: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1

Think Legalism: My joy is gone.
Feel Grace: My joy is gone.


Think Legalism: “Name” is personal.

Feel Grace: “Name” is the feeling of being in the Presence.

PSALM: 79:1-9

Think Legalism: For the glory of your name.
Feel Grace: For the glory of your name.


Think Legalism: “Teacher” is one who teaches about the Presence.

Feel Grace: “Teacher” is one who is in the Presence.

EPISTLE: 1 Timothy 2:1-7

Think Legalism: A teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
Feel Grace: A teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.


Think Legalism: “Serve” is to do God’s will.

Feel Grace: “Serve” is to be in God’s Presence.

GOSPEL: Luke 16:1-13

Think Legalism: You cannot serve God and wealth.
Feel Grace: You cannot serve God and wealth.


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For further study see the follow on Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost Meditation.


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